My wife, my 13 year old son, and I went to see The Taming of the Shrew outdoors last night in Forest Park. Since it’s a free and first-class show, we had to get there very early to get a spot with any sort of good view. Before the show started, just as we settled into our lawn chairs, I felt a tap on my shoulder, and I turned around to see a young man in his 20’s in hipster attire. Remarkably, my brain processed that it was a student of mine from many years ago, and the name Dustin popped in my head. He was as impressed as I was that I had remembered his name, since we haven’t spoken in probably 8 or 10 years. We had a nice conversation for about ten minutes, catching up on the basics of our lives.
Dustin is now 23, graduated from college, working two jobs, and pursuing a career in cartooning. He seemed very happy to talk about how much he loves his art, even though it can be exceedingly time-consuming and often frustrating.