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Waiting for Waves

Updated: May 12, 2021

My wife and I have been attending the Epcot Food & Wine Festival for as long as I can remember. Each year, we’d set aside some money and come home with several bottles of wine to enjoy together over the following year. And while I still enjoy a glass (or three) of wine over shared conversation or a writing session, I have proof that change can indeed be good.

A few years ago, Disney began a new festival during the months of January and February: Epcot International Festival of the Arts. There are still kiosks that sell food and wine around the World Showcase, but there’s something else that caught my eye, quite literally: art.

We decided last month that we’d still set aside some money to make an annual purchase over at Disney. But, this new investment would be different. It could be consumed over and over again, a new sip offered to us each time we walked into the room where it’s displayed.

We circled the World Showcase twice, searching for those pieces that spoke to both of us. And there were a few that rose to the top, begging for a closer and deeper look. Uncertain how we could possibly make a decision, the universe nudged us in the direction we were meant to go.

After leaving Epcot and casually strolling through the Polynesian Resort, it stood there before us, urging us to take a closer look. We didn’t know it would be there, but that seems to be the way a lot of important things enter our life. It was bigger than the same gallery wrapped print we saw at Epcot and framed, with a light shining upon the painted sun over the ocean. In that moment, I think we both realized that this was the one.

And as I looked more closely, its message to me filtered through each dab of paint: no matter how wide open and expansive the space out ahead of you might be, it’s having the courage to dip your toes in the water that’s an all-important first step.

The name of the piece: Waiting for Waves. Every time I see it, I’ll remember to seek out those curls in the surf and ride them. Now, does anyone have a glass of wine to enjoy while pondering some of the deeper messages held inside this work of art?


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