On yesterday's date, years ago, someone I trusted and loved passed away. This person is important for a multitude of reasons, but for one, he had acted as my reliable protector for my entire life up until that point.
His death marked the start me having to learn to build and enforce my boundaries on my own, without the support I was accustomed to.
Years later, I'm much stronger and capable, and that's in part due to his influence.
"Fortified" is a gentle reminder that boundaries are valuable and that making space for yourself is knowing your strength.
It takes a village to make hands out of flowers. Every single one reaches a point where I don't think it will work -- and then it does.
Each time I start one, I find that the rules I followed for the last one won't work, and I'll have to re-figure out how to do it.
And Cthulhu bless the patience of my friends who are often sent a work in progress screen shots asking, "...what does this look like to you?"
It feels like a miracle when it pulls together. Every. damn. time.