On the third day

A column of bones--one articular surface meeting another--is a beautiful sight. Particularly when there has previously been a gap, an angle, a tilting of that column. The solidity and straightness is no less beautiful with the aid of screws and pins and sutures.

The x-ray of my son's right hand taken yesterday, three days after his third surgery, was suitable for framing. From another view, the bones at the base of his hand, were like a double-rowed pearl bracelet, with a gentle natural--even if metal-aided--arc in its fit around the wrist. A masterpiece of integrity, proportion, and splendor with the surgeon as artist.

May the column and the arc stay in place. May it heal. May this son cross the country and get to college before the bell for his first class rings.