A Greenville Weekend

As I jot down the initial draft of this post, I’m aboard a United Airlines jet, taxiing away from gate A8 at the Greenville-Spartanburg airport. I’m thinking about the four-day weekend that is coming to an end, and I’m thankful. I’m thankful for many things—a loving family, caring friends, a city like Greenville and the opportunity to spend time with the people I love.

My mini vacation has been anything but restful, but it was completely worth it. I’ve been blessed to have incredibly-talented friends, and this weekend I was able to help three of them accomplish one of their dreams. Alyssa Guerrero, Karen Schipper and Benjamin Schipper just completed their first Indie Craft Parade as exhibitors. The past four days have been a whirlwind of excitement and effort. Alyssa and Karen worked together on a booth for their newly-launched business, Paper Loop Troupe. Together they’ve produced art prints and stationery that are whimsical, funny and downright cute. Also this weekend, Benjamin Schipper shared his most recent illustrations with the world. His work is inspiring, and I bought quite a bit of it.

Spending the weekend with three of my best friends, visiting with family and chatting with countless people I haven’t seen in months was encouraging. It is easy to focus on the hard parts of building relationships, but this weekend was a good reminder of its benefits.

P.S. Special thanks to all of the volunteers and organizers for making the Indie Craft Parade possible. I can’t wait for next year!

PersonalTimothy Buck