I've tried to encourage the creativity of my children though I never wanted them to feel like there was a necessity to paint or do anything I did as I know the value of finding your own way as a child. I remember, as each of my children was born, how very much they seemed to be formed. Their personalities were visible from the beginning. Though we've tried to guide them through the years to make choices based on their own interests and talents and tried to remind them to be considerate of others, I know their need to make their own decisions.
I'm so pleased that my daughters want to be contributing members of society. That they know the value of connecting with others and being kind. I'm so grateful when I hear others speak highly of them. But I know that was not our doing but their own. They are who they are.
And I was so happy when my thirteen-year-old daughter wanted to contribute to The Alberta Flood Rose Project. And was thrilled when my nineteen-year-old asked if she could be my date to support the Flood of Roses Gala tonight. I'm very proud of them.