Hi everyone! I hope your week is going well so far. Thank you so much for all the support and thoughts about Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Here’s a picture of me (on the right) and one of my lovely co-workers at our university football game last weekend, where we had a booth to raise awareness again this year. We had fun handing out leis at the gate. Aren’t we cute all decked out in our purple?
After helping out at the game I went on my weekly artist date by taking a long drive up the canyon to see the fall leaves before they’re all gone. (The idea of the artist’s date is just to spend some time by yourself doing something that will be fun or inspiring for your inner artist self. It really works, too!) There are a variety of trees in the canyon but I only ended up with photos of aspens, which wasn’t on purpose. They’re just my favorites.
I love the way their leaves seem to twinkle and sparkle when a breeze flutters their leaves. I love the way their gold stands out against the pines and the blue blue sky.
And you know what else? While I was gazing up so small next to these giants, I remembered something I learned about them as a kid: each aspen’s roots are connected to a whole big root system beneath the ground, and an aspen colony can survive this way for thousands of years as one big organism, sending up new shoots as old trees die off. They can even survive forest fires this way. The biggest one in the world, “Pando,” is just a couple hours away from where I live. How cool is that?
So here’s what the aspens have taught me, and reminded me again this weekend: we are stronger standing together than we are trying to do it all alone. That applies to both ending domestic violence and to being an artist, and to lots of other things in life too. Cheers to that and see you again soon!