Tiny Adventure

When I was still single, a friend called me with cold feet about her wedding. She was an especially adventurous person. Settling down is what frightened her. After hearing her out, I said "Marriage might be an adventure too."

That was ten years ago or more. I remember the conversation because of its prescience. I am married now. My wife and I have two kids. We are neck deep in our adventure. It isn't like my adolescent escapades. The stakes are real. The consequences are frightening. The emotional and physical trials have taken me to new frontiers of exhaustion. But the rewards are immeasurable. And precious. The tiniest moments turn to treasure. In the magic of those moments - with my children or my wife or myself - I begin to appreciate what settling down really means.

This family portrait was drawn for the cover of a music exchange that I do with my friends each year. The drawing was inspired heavily by The Secret World of Arrietty and the neighborhood walks that I enjoy with my family.

© 2012 rama hughes

For those of you who missed this year's music exchange, here were some of my favorite songs:

All My Days by Alexi Murdoch
Baby, It's Cold Outside by She & Him
Birdhouse In Your Soul by They Might Be Giants
Booty Swing by Parov Stelar
The Calculation by Regina Spektor
A Case of You by James Blake
Dancing Mood by Delroy Wilson
Don't Be Shy by Cat Stevens
Feeling Good by Michael Buble
I Just Had Sex by The Lonely Island (feat. Akon)
I Was Made For Sunny Days by The Weepies
Just Dance by Lady GaGa & Colby O'Donis
Life in Letters by Lucy Schwartz
Prisencolinsinainciusol by Adriano Celantano
The Little Villain by Hem
My Moon My Man by Feist
Shy Ronnie 2 by The Lonely Island (feat. Rihanna)
Say Hey by Michael Frante & Spearheads
This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) by Shawn Colvin