7 of 8 Prayers for My Son

The hummingbird moves at an average of 385 times its own body length a second, making it the world’s fastest flying bird. The peregrine falcon, commonly understood to be the fastest bird, only moves at an average of 200 times its own body length a second. This sense of urgency is coupled with the rare ability to hover, fly upside down and even backwards. It teaches us to live with urgency, intention and purpose, while simultaneously being mindful of our surroundings, our community and the opportunities that are omnipresent.

By observing the hummingbird, we find they are seemingly tireless. During migration, some are known to wing their way as far as 2000 miles to reach their destination. This quality reminds us to be persistent in our pursuits, and adopt the tenacity of the hummingbird in our lives. We can model ourselves by their example. In finding our personal borders, we may begin to expand who and what we are capable of becoming.

It is not commonly known that the fluttering wings of the hummingbird move in the pattern of an infinity symbol. This may serve as a reminder of the cyclical and interconnected nature of our existence. We may find strength in acknowledging our lives as a minute but integral component of this all-encompassing system.

This new body of work entitled 7 of 8 Prayers for My Son investigates the hummingbird as a model for living with urgency, intention and purpose. As a parent of a child diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum, there exists daily challenges that must be met with the tenacity and dedication of the hummingbird. It is my intention, with this work, to serve as a visual reminder of our ability to thrive amongst daily challenges.

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