Sometimes (maybe a lot of times), the world works in mysterious ways. This spring, a large package arrived in my home mailbox. It was sort of motley package with the distinctive hand-writing of an old friend of mine. The day was a few days from my birthday and this friend had surprised me with a quirky, usually handmade, gift on a few other birthdays, so I was pretty sure I was in store for another such gift. And look what I found! I love this fun and funky homage to my mediation work and the long-standing Philadelphia conflict about who makes our city’s best cheesesteak. I won’t weigh-in about the best cheesesteak (I’m impartial, right!), but I will share this fantastic drawing. “I think this shows we’re making real progress here.”
Post-Script: This surprise became more sweet (and bittersweet) when my friend died shortly after my birthday in 2020. There will be no more of his hand-made birthday surprises.