Everyday as I gaze out my kitchen window, I look upon a stone work of art that I love and is meaningful. This organic, unique and beautiful Inuksuk sculpture was built by hand by my husband and youngest son. They hunted together for the perfect stones to build it in the Pocono Mountain region of Pennsylvania and hauled them home. It is constructed without mortar or any kind of support. It is a marvel of engineering from the natural world. The stones are nestled ingeniously, much like a puzzle, and stacked into a delicately balanced one-of-a-kind sculpture. Inuksuks, also called Inukshuks or cairns, are an Inuit symbol. Their purpose is often navigational or a point of reference and appear often in Canadian cultural heritage.
Like a stone, each of our children is unique. My husband has strived to connect with each of our 3 sons through their very different interests and passions. My husband lost his own father when he was just 2 years old. This has shaped his drive to be a devoted and passionate father himself. One son is a sports fanatic. Another is into history. This one, loves the outdoors and his Canadian ancestry. Everytime I look upon this simple work of art, I see it as a metaphor for a strong father and son bond, a symbol of our Canadian roots, and as an example of the power of working together to achieve great things.
As my baby leaves for college this week, the cycle of life has come full circle. I hope he will think back on the summer when he and his dad searched for the perfect stones to build their Inuksuk, and take all the love, wisdom and blessings given to him by the wonderful man who is his father along his journey to delicately balance all that life throws his way and remain strong and sturdy, like this sculpture, with his father’s moral compass guiding him into adulthood.