Petal | East Wenatchee, WA | September 2019

Flora #3 | Back in fifth grade, the first guy at our school to ever own an electric guitar became very popular. For two days I followed him around because, well, only rock stars had electric guitars. But then Katherine, the most beautiful and mature girl in our class, stopped me at the water fountain. She nodded at Guitar Guy, leaned-in close and whispered, “He’s a real jerk. Find a better friend.” Good advice. Years later I realized that Katherine’s comment provoked a dramatic shift in how I made friends. I eventually learned to look beyond surfaces to find the sparks that make people interesting. I looked for vitality, intelligence, an inner light. It didn’t always work. Sometimes they were still jerks. But when it did work, the friendships were hugely rewarding.