The young woman had a thousand ideas of symbology that were special to her life, but we settled on some 20 or so, some very subtle, but more than obvious to her at the time. I wonder, 25 years later, if the meanings are still clear to her, or lost to the currents of time.
25 years later, I'm 25 years better. If anyone is interested, I still take on portrait commissions of this sort — personal and peculiar. But be aware that the cost is fairly high, both in fee and self-understanding.