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  • The works of art that matter individually are kind of like those fun house mirrors. In them we see a version of ourselves. They can show us a lot of different things, but the most important ones are probably those that remind us of the person we know we should be.

    Death is well understood. All of those with a sister know they will one day have a story to tell much like Mr. Johnston's (unless the sister is telling the story). But I wonder why, even in light of this obvious fact, it is still so hard to live with the right perspective.

    The above photo is a picture of a mounted canvas print intended to be a first birthday gift for my only niece, the only daughter of my only sibling. The plan was to attach a personal note to the back of the canvas, for her to read when she reaches reading age. The idea being to give her a canvas print of the same size and style every year, with a personal note on the back, in order for her to have an evolving mosaic of her life, complete with poignant thoughts from her only uncle. Cool, right? Well... her birthday was three weeks ago and I have yet to compose the note and mail off the canvas.

    She will never know or care that her first birthday gift from her uncle arrived a month late. But I will. And so will my sister. And deep down I have to wonder if I'm more enthusiastic about the artistic concept of the whole mosaic thing than actually doing something meaningful for my niece.

    It is so easy to forget. It is so easy to be lazy and self centered and let the days go by. Three weeks go fast and I bet a whole life does too if you aren't careful.

    I let the days go by on this and many other relationships. But not today. Today I will write that note.

    It's good to be reminded.
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