They say good things come in threes. This has certainly proved true for me this past month.
First, Isis and I moved into our new house:
The view is particularly inspiring:
Then, my mom brought me this piece of amber with bugs trapped in it:
From this humble piece of fossilized amber, I will one day run a park chock full of dinosaurs.
You’d think these two events would put me “over the top,” as they say. Well, in one final, extraordinary twist of fate, I received a signed CD by Falling Rock’s musical muse Esperanza Spalding:
There is a story behind this. I sent Ms. Spalding my latest book, Scenic Byways, and included a comic strip in which she pays a visit to Falling Rock National Park (this would hypothetically occur when she wasn’t busy accepting a Grammy or opening for Prince). My comic appeared on her Facebook page and very soon after I got a mysterious envelope from a record company in Spain. The signed CD was inside.
I’m not sure if these things are connected, but I do know that, for the rest of my life, I will look back on this short time period with awe and gratitude.
APOLOGY CORNER: Sorry, SKS. I hope this doesn’t take your Year of Shaft & Son out of the well-deserved spotlight.