Saturday's word for the Big Idea Festival was "nest." At first the word left me stone-cold stumped - totally devoid of any creative inspiration. But I really wanted to just go with it. And when I let go, and leaned into my discomfort with the word, the inspiration came:
here. The page is a mixture of watercolors and acrylics and highlights and shadowing with Pitt Artist Pens.
The inspiration is totally appropriate and timely. As I was creating this page, Sarah was busily packing for college. Today she left.
I'm really happy for her because I know how badly she wanted to go - how ready she was to fly the nest - and I totally understand and empathize. She is so ready to be an adult and to take the world by storm. And I'm sure some sharp recruiter will snap her up before graduation. Any employer would be lucky to have her. But I miss her already.
Today marked phase two of a three-phase return to "normal." Phase one occurred a week ago when Jay returned to work. Phase two was today. Phase three occurs one week from now, when Rachel and Becca return to school. Today was the hard part. A week from now the heavens will open and choirs of angels will sing and I'll be doing a happy dance the likes of which you have never seen (and probably you'll be grateful for that!).
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