One of the gifts of marriage is the intimate knowledge you gain of your spouse. Lauren said recently, "I feel like you really know someone, when you can buy a gift for them." I don't think it quite hit me at the time, but I think she is on to something. Her gift was more than just thoughtful, more than just a fashionable head adornment, it was her confirmation in me as a writer, as an artist. How beautiful it is to give someone something that speaks hope into their doubts and life to their desires.
I'm comfortable as the computer guru, or as the hiking/climbing outdoorsman, but there are seeds of doubt in my ability as a writer. Lauren, thank you for your steady encouragement and making me comfortable with who I am.
So, if you see me donning the poet hat, come join me for a cup of coffee and bring your favorite Billy Collins or Stephen Dunn. We'll talk life, poetry, and I might even break out some of my Scott-Irish accent to match the flat cap.
Peace to you.