“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
I was six, my dad let me go.
chose a life that drove my family apart and forced my mom and I to move overseas.
I wouldn't see him for fifteen years, and I promised to never forgive him.
betrayed by a parent is the most poignant pain my heart has felt. My dad was
supposed to protect me from this crazy world. Yet, he wasn't even a part of it.
fifteen years later, older and wiser, I watched him as he stood at the bottom
of the staircase looking at me with the same warmth and sparkle in his eyes
that I remembered as a child. I ached and wanted to cry and pound my fists
against his chest as he wrapped his arms around me, but nothing came out.
I realized that no matter what I
blamed him for, no matter how much I resented him for driving us apart, he was
still my dad – he loved me and was hurting as much as I was.
so we mourned, we matured, and we moved on. We needed to forgive, even if we
I will forgive. I will forgive myself. I will forgive my dad. I will forgive
others. I will accept the uncertainties of life and turn change into
importantly, I will live with an open heart, because only then will I be able
to live fully, deeply, truly.
— Alexandra Pintchouk
Each year we ask our classmates a straightforward, simple question taken from the lines of a poem by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Mary Oliver.
We share with you intimate and candid responses to this question, "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
Concept and photography:
Tony Deifell, MBA '02
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