Good Harbor Bay, Lake Michigan
"Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum." Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
During the month of July my wife and I made our way to Michigan to attend a reunion of students that we once knew long ago when we were young newlyweds "acting" as house parents for a dormatory of teenage boys at a private school. We were there for two years and, at the time, it seemed we spent most of our time chasing delinquent teenagers for various violations of school codes...whether is be dress, hair length, smoking, alchohol, drugs or being in the wrong place at the wrong time. That was back in the 70's, and when we left I never had a good feeling about the experience and just wanted to blank out those years as lost.
With some apprehension I was concerned that there would still be some unhappy/angry feelings by some for our interference with their teen experiences and, for some, their life direction. To keep this story short I'll just say that this reunion was one of the happiest experiences of my/our lives as we were greeted with huge hugs and expressions of love and kindness. All (except for maybe one) had gone on to successful lives as adults with happy marriages/relationships and children. Several expressed the fact that "they now understood" the "lessons" that we were trying to impart.
There were tears of happines and love as each of them made a point to tell their life story from the time we left them to present. I personally left with a feeling of positive closure on that period of my life and so grateful that each, in their own way, found their path and positive journey. We laughed about the dorm days...and nights, when they were caught and even when they slid by. They had all become humble, lovable and respectable adults ,and we ran out of time just telling each of them how proud we were of them.
The lesson for me (and often am reminded in my life) was that we all are building our own life's tapestry which is only finished here on earth when we journey to the other side. NO tapestry or life is finished until the heart ceases activity and no journey ever ceases...never.
There's even hope for me as well as that one "exception".
Sic 'em Bears...Baylor football tonight vs. Buffalo.
Have a great Labor Day Weekend and thanks for joining me here.
For more views of my work visit;
A Piece Of Work, Spirit Lake, Iowa http://www.apieceofworkinc.com/
Arts On Grand, Spencer, Iowa http://www.artsongrand.org/
Lanesboro Art Center, Lanesboro, Minnesota www.lanesboroarts.org
Side Street Gallery, Arnolds Park, Iowa www.okobojiimages.com