|Van Gogh's "Sower"|
Maybe it's cookouts with neighbors or family reunions; perhaps it's a weekend away or traveling through a new part of the country. Regardless of where summer leads us, it tends to be a time for connecting with people and places and events that are outside of our regular workaday routine.
For a 9-5 office-jockey kind of person, I've been blessed with a fantastically frantic month of June: From a 25th college reunion (as Bob Sieger put it so well, "It seems like yesterday, but it was long ago..."!), to a rare out-of-town meeting for work, from an incredible family celebration of my mother's 70th birthday, to an imminent reunion with my wife's family on the east coast, this summer has led me literally all over the map.
I've been struck by the seemingly chance encounters, the apparently random conversations, and the otherwise unusual opportunities which these summer excursions have brought about. Here are a couple of examples: