This past week wasn't as much about art as it was creating a beautiful event for my precious daughter who went to her first prom.
And why, you might wonder, would we go through all of this when Alice couldn't go inside the ballroom? Strobe lights are not her friends and cause fairly severe reactions and what's a prom without strobe lights (grrr).
Because it's about the preparation, really, as anyone who has planned an event knows; the details, the bonding, the dozens of moments that create a gallery of memories that will live on for quite some time.
They had dinner with two couples, hung out at the Marriott for a while then topped it off with a late-night bonfire. A trooper, my girl is, one who is learning to balance expectations with reality, understanding that hope really is stronger than fear, and disappointment happens, life isn't always fair. But, if we try, don't lose faith, look for the grace and opportunity that inevitably comes from the hard parts, it's always a fascinating adventure. I couldn't be prouder... and if this has given me a slight taste of wedding planning? Well, that will be a different story!