Thanks for all the prayers, emails, calls, and texts. Jackson is back to normal. He should be back to playing basketball this weekend even!
This week's theme, "Beginnings" or "New", had me stumped at first. Everything is still grey, and nothing is growing in the fields yet. Planting has started in earnest this week however. Spring never takes long to arrive in South Texas. So I wandered around my yard, full of dead things that couldn't take the freezes we had this winter. It was hard to find any signs of life. My Bradford Pear, the bent-in-the-wind tree, the one that never blooms, the one I insisted on planting despite its chances in the heat and humidity, is budding out. The promise of a new beginning.
But I couldn't help think of Jack, and his new beginning of sorts. For 11 years, his life has depended on the shunt in his brain. Yet due to last week's surgery, he is now shunt-free. And although it is really not that different than before on the outside to an observer, it is a new way of living for him and his brain. So I have to include a picture of him in the hospital, dozing in a nest of Legos and Dr. Buster Posey in his arms, head wrapped and arm full of IV paraphernalia.
Don't forget to travel through our links to see this week's interpretations. I'm thrilled that San Francisco, Bay Area photographer Jayme Franklin has a new site to showcase her work this week. You don't want to miss it!