A few weeks ago, I accepted a commission of 5 windows. As we were talking through the details, my customer wanted to know how soon they would be finished. Looking at my calendar, I saw a trip I had planned to a welding workshop in Tennessee last weekend as well as my kids' spring break this week. I know better than to assume that, just because they are 15 & 17, I will be working in the studio as much as usual. It's not that they need me to be around but more that they aren't going to be around much longer and I want to spend some time with them if they are willing. And it turns out they are! We had quite a few adventures this week-- going to the beach, buying tons of candy at a chocolate shop in Staten Island, visiting a Korean Spa and they even indulged me by going to the Tenement Museum in New York City. I have become very interested in immigration issues lately and have been trying to get some information about my family's own immigration; my father & his family came to America in the 1950's. It was a great opportunity to spend some time together and also to learn some history related to an issue I feel passionate about. Hopefully in the near future I will be able to work on my own art related to this. But, for now, I'm happy to be with my kids and enjoy the arriving spring. I think Kenny Rogers said something like, "they'll be time enough for commissions when the Spring Break's done."