My youngest son is graduating from high school this weekend. When we looked
at graduation announcements a few months ago, he said he would like something
other than the standard offerings. I, buoyed by an unusual sense of creative
confidence, offered to make his announcement.After conversations about Tool’s “Lateralus”, the Fibonacci sequence, spirals,
an impromptu photo shoot in our back yard, and numerous creative attempts and
trips to discount stores and clearance aisles, I created a number of items to celebrate this important time in my youngest child's life.
Little did I know that when I had two sons, ten years apart, there would
be one month in which the eldest would get married and graduate from law
school, while the other graduated from high school and commenced preparations
for university life. Nor did I suspect that the Monday before graduation, my husband would narrowly escape a potentially
tragic automobile accident, when someone, driving at a high rate of speed, chose
to run a stop sign, side-swipe my husband’s truck and send him into a storm-drenched
I guess you could say, instead of “March Madness”, we’ve been
experiencing a bit of “May Madness.”
But it’s all good--right now, at this moment.
I often think that creating and living employ the same process. You start
with a basic concept, but as multiple options arise (some invited, some seemingly
unbidden, and some an odd mixture of both), you inevitability make choices,
which lead to other options and more choices.At this point in my life, I’ve adopted the adage—“I know nothing, but
More than anything, this month has reaffirmed the preciousness and
mystery of life. It’s evident that we choose . . . we live . . . we create . . . in a realm of infinite possibilities.