Each compartment in this box represents some
aspect of my life. My longstanding love of music is shown in the
running notes and small clarinet handmade from a clarinet reed.
Years of horticultural training and a fondness for the seasons and
colors of fall and spring can be seen in the floating trees and
falling leaves. My love of piles of snow sit with the snowman. My
Catholic faith is shown in the shining, quiet cross. My fencing
career at Michigan State University is captured in the colorful
plastic swords, rescued from sandwiches on a fencing trip to Chicago.
My lifelong education of other languages and cultures is pictured
in a few words and a postcard from Japan. Since, as in life, no
one aspect stands completely alone, I have chosen to have no one
compartment of the box be without some part of the others. Thus
the music tumbles down past the seasons, dances by the cross, and
lands at a snowman's feet while Japanese women from long ago stand
on a bridge in two different seasons and take it all in.
revised April 10, 2003