wow - what an incredible weekend.
our oldest daughter graduated from Occidental College, along with ~400 other seniors.
our youngest daughter celebrated her 14th birthday, with friends Thurs then with family while we were in LA for her big sister's graduation.
it was a living testament to the family Lisa & I are blessed to be among.
my dad struggled to be present in our family, even before my parents split. I never asked him why - wish I had - but I can vividly remember the visceral discomfort he had in family settings. I carry that with me now, as well a bit of confusion about what a Dad does in daily life.
I am fortunate to have 3 great teachers. There is no parent more extraordinary than Lisa - she loves with every part of her being, she is present and she believes with a determination that is breath-taking. Though it may sound funny, my best teachers have been our girls - Mary & Katie have taught me so much about what a Dad is and what being in a family is all about.
this weekend was a mile marker - hopes achieved, goals surpassed, strong relationships recognized. I do not hold these lightly - they are more valuable than any job, more important than any deadline. Families are a dense series of living roots, ever moving & growing, shifting the ground they are placed in.
I can not remember a time in my life when I felt luckier than this weekend.