We all know the saying “When God closes a door He opens a window.” Although this can be sometimes construed as cliché or maybe even corny, the events of this summer have proven this phrase to be completely validated as nothing but true. This summer has been an on-going series of doors and windows.
The first door – Our son, Luke, walks into the kitchen and runs an “idea” past his Dad and me. “I’d like to take the summer to hit a golf ball across the country.” What?! That’s impossible! CRAZY! Why? The window – to bring awareness to and raise funds for underprivileged kids to go to and complete high school. Tremendous! But as a Mom, I could only see rows and rows of doors for this one lovely window.
The Big Front Door – Risk and safety. Clearly only the “what could happen” flashed into my mind. What if you’re attacked by an animal or bitten by a rattlesnake? What if you’re on someone’s property and they come running after you with a gun? What if you hit a car? What if a car hits you?! What if you run out of fuel or breakdown in the middle of nowhere (the desert) and have no cell service? What if we can’t find you? What if you get sick or hurt and can’t get help?
More doors – How will you travel – logistically speaking – transportation – route – budget. Who can go with you? (Safety in numbers.) Can this be done in one summer so you can be back in time for law school? How will you pay for it all let alone raise funds for the school? Selfishly, how can I be without you for a whole summer?
So over the next 10 months we discuss… and plan… and discuss… and plan. We listen to Luke’s thoughts, ideas, dreams. We try to provide positive parental (and sisterly) feedback and insight while still holding a realistic line. Because, clearly, no matter how great of an idea this is and for such a great cause, this is still CRAZY!
Time passes, plans fall into place and Luke’s crazy odyssey begins. All of the doors are lined up and as the journey progresses, the windows begin to open.
The Windows –
Unknown windows – Luke’s journey is nearing its end. In less then three weeks, he’ll be off the road, home and back in law school. Life as we have known it this summer may slow down a bit. Although, who knows what opportunities will result from Luke’s long summer. One thing is sure, Luke’s never-ending drive, ambition, generous heart and zest for life will no doubt provide all those who love him and are close to him many more windows. Thank you, Luke for the opportunities you have given to so many! I’m so very proud of you!