I decided last year that I was skipping Burning Man this year. But recently Theresa was offered a job that starts the week of Burning Man….and that is when the temptation started. I thought….well me and Darwin could go. No big projects, no giant amount of work. Just me and the boy and a bicycle. So I looked into it. Turns out it was nearly doable. Lance would take our stuff (clothes, shelter, bike, water,. etc.) I would need to buy a tent and groceries. Then I found a ride with Brenna on Wednesday night (PERFECT). And the Love Puddle folks had rumor of a possible ticket. And then my bills caught up with me. After scrambling to pay most of them very late….it occurred to me that my priorities are probably off. I can’t go to Burning Man and screw over my family for 2 months. If I could find 400 bucks for a ticket, I would need to use that to put out all kinds of fires here at home. So with a sad heart I called Brenna yesterday to tell her that I just don’t see how I can do it. She understood…and told me that if things change, the ride was still available.
That got me thinking. What if I just sit down and decide to leave it up to the world to go or not go. After all I had a lot of things pushing me to go. So I wrote out a Facebook status update that said that if there was a 2% chance of me going I would need a 4 person tent and a free ticket. AND an attitude of Gratitude. Within minutes Magdalena offered to loan her 4 person tent to me. WOW. And an hour later a buddy siad that he had heard rumor of a free ticket. But I wasn’t really sure about it. So I went to bed.
This morning I woke up to find a message from Molly Vickart who works at Burning Man. “Send me your address, you have a ticket” it read. I started shaking. NO WAY?! After a few messages back and forth Molly explained that SHE was gifting me one of her tickets. And that she really thought I should go. Even now as I type this I can’t believe it. I am taking my son to the desert to see art and do cool stuff. THANK YOU MOLLY!
When I told Darwin he was so excited that he ran out to my art studio and grabbed a bunch of small blank canvas. “We have to give these away!” he said. I laughed and thought of last year. And then it hit me. GIFT PROLIFIC mini. Darwin and I are going to give as many gifts as we can from now until Burning Man. Then we will make a painting about each day’s gift, together. At Burning Man we will give these paintings to people as a gift. I am super excited about this little father and son project. We may skip nights….after all he is 3. But I feel like he loves giving to people….and we will see where it takes us. So please follow along and enjoy. Take care.