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The creation of a building is ultimately an act of unbridled optimism.  Any designer who is worth his or her salt always begins work on a project believing it will turn out well and in some small way make the world a better place.  But buildings are complicated and bringing one into the world is a intricate task that requires the skill and expertise of many different individuals across many different disciplines over an extended period of time.  Sometimes despite everyone's best intentions, things do not turn out as well as hoped.  Sometimes there are problems that design cannot fix.

Although parenting and architecture share relatively few similarities, raising a child is also an act of unbridled optimism.  And while there will no doubt come a time where I cannot fix all the problems nor ease all the pain that my daughters will face in life, for now I still can.  And so when Sammy inadvertently kicks her soccer ball into the San Antonio River, Daddy can use his design abilities to engineer a way to fish it out and make the world right again.

Thank goodness for that.


I don't know if this is good or bad...

image courtesy Clara Hightower

So as I've mentioned before, striking the balance between work and home is a constant and never-ending battle.  One of the constraints I've put on that equation is that I try to work "normal" hours as much as possible at the office.  I make a point to be home when the girls are awake but squeeze in some time on my home computer for several hours before they wake up and after they go to sleep.  

This doesn't always work out and sometimes I have to take a few hours on the weekend to catch up.  This past Saturday Sammy decided to help out and brought her "laptop" into my "office".

I don't know if this is good or bad, but it is at least very cute.