August 10, 1934
Sweetheart: We had a very enjoyable walk and talk tonight. Afterward, we went over and sat at the feet of old Serenity in Euclid Park. Remember, dear, I bought you a bouquet of gladiolas as a token of my love.
A photograph and a diary entry blend to bring understanding and resolution for humanity. Journal entry, August 10, 1934: Sweetheart: We had a very enjoyable walk and talk tonight. Afterward, we went over and sat at the feet of old Serenity in Euclid Park. Remember, dear, I bought you a bouquet of gladiolas as a token of my love. The photo: In 1934 the statue Serenity is worthy of a snapshot to preserve a memory. In the future, the photo will get tucked inside the darkness of a box of Henry’s fond memories. The photographer is Grace, a mother who fourteen years later will die and leave behind five young children. The man in the photo is Henry posing with Serenity, the father of the five children that will become motherless.
Throughout the ensuing decades of time, Serenity's destruction, caused by vandals, parallels the tribulations of Grace's five motherless children. The Clayland family carries the burden of the message. Destruction in the family comes just as it comes to many families struggling to make everything right in a world full of mistrust, selfishness, and defiance. The Clayland family attempts to adhere to the principles of their faith as they challenge parenthood and poverty.
Though Serenity’s view is limited to a vision of buildings, sidewalks, and traffic, the metaphor of her message extends beyond the boundaries of the nation’s capital. She projects an allegorical symbol of humanity past, present, and future.
A motorist drives through time observing the landscape of the story. The first chapter is a flashback to the ‘40s. Derek, the main character, is introduced at the beginning of the story and becomes the focus of the family drama. As an adult, he defies social norms and embraces an unconventional lifestyle. He is at peace with himself and his world, and he is still loved by many.
The meaning of life is subtly woven into the narrative of events that takes place over several decades. Mistakes get made, challenges overwhelm, yet learning and wisdom can ensue. A broken person has the potential to become unbroken. Sometimes, he or she must find their own comfort zone.
Serenity suffers and becomes symbolic of Hope for Restoration of Family everywhere. Photographs taken through the years attest to her current state and her hope for renewal and redemption.