The guest speaker, artist Katherine Taylor, had some pretty remarkable advice for students. But, my favorite part of her speech was when she validated the parents in the room. She nodded to the Moms, Dads, Friends, and Family and said (I'm very roughly paraphrasing) "years ago you gave birth to this creative, talented, alien. And, that has been your burden and your blessing."
Wow. So, true. Us creative fools are definitely strangers in a strange land. Her words reminded me of this song, and especially this lyric: "Lift your eyes, and let me in, baby. 'Cause, I'm an alien like you."