My family always celebrates Thanksgiving the way that I prefer to celebrate every holiday these days: an intimate gathering of close family, usually now at my parents’ house, where everything is super casual, the drinks flow freely, and laughter flows even more. That makes me sound sort of like an adult!
My parents and my sisters are pretty much my favorite people in the world. And even though we live pretty close by, we don’t see each other as much as some do — especially my siblings. I don’t talk to any of them on the phone unless it’s a “Where are you? I’m here already!” kind of call. My sisters and I have never really hung out all that much. And sometimes I wonder if that’s weird, or we should try to hang out more (well, we should…) but what I’ve realized especially in the last few years is that my parents raised three really super-duper independent women. We’re super close, and we love and openly admire one another. And we’re also always compulsively running around doing this or that thing.
One of my sisters has owned her own coffee shop for the last nine years, which she bought when she was 21 and is now in the midst of a big renovation — and is about to pop her third baby. My other sister has been bopping back and forth to New Zealand working vintages in their summer, and leading outdoor canoe trips for Girl Scouts camps in our summer. And I’m doing whatever this art thing is, which has variously taken the form of curator, blogger, university curator, arts management instructor… But the common denominator is my parents’ support and encouragement.
It’s the gift that I’ve always been the most thankful for: support. So this time of year, I just like to take a moment to reflect on how fortunate I have been for that — and not just from them, but from YOU. You: reading this post, who checks in on Instagram, shares posts … you who sends me your work, checks out the shows I organize, who in turn support artists… your support is everything.
Big changes are coming to Young Space soon. First and foremost, this website will be getting a complete redo, and it’s ABOUT TIME! But that’s only a piece of the puzzle. Right now, I’m thinking of it as a launching pad. One thing leads to another, and while I won’t divulge any details until things are more certain, what I can say is that I’m super excited (and terrified, but definitely excited) about Young Space’s next chapter. “Leap and the net will appear.” That’s what I’m hoping for anyway. Stay tuned for more updates.