My Dad had two primary refuges from work and my brother and me. In the winter it was his shop in the garage and in the summer it was the yard and the garden. He had apparently inherited the ability to grow almost anything from my grandmother. She could take a fallen, brown leaf from a plant and nurture it into full health in the space of a year or two…..amazing.
One of the things I used to kid him about was his penchant for regularly moving shrubs, bushes and sometimes trees from one spot to another around our yard. We used to joke that he was never happy with where God put them and was trying to improve the arrangement. The moved item always seemed to thrive anew, regardless of where he planted it. Now I see what he was doing in a different light.
Yesterday I officially graduated from the University of Washington with a Master of Communication in Digital Media (MCDM) degree. I have a huge number of people to thank for “holding me up” when I was ready to fall and joining me on the journey. The two primary people I want to thank are my spouse and partner, Carol, and Hanson Hosein, director of the MCDM program (pictured here handing me my diploma). This would have been impossible without them.
Of course, while a signature event, the degree was never really the point. It has always been about the journey, and this has been a doozey. A few years ago I realized that I had reached the limit of what I could do with my existing set of skills and framework of understanding. I considered going for an MBA, but thought better of it for a few reasons.