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As a young girl, I can’t remember spending any time being creative. I am not even sure I ever had a box of crayons or a coloring book. Our home only had oils paintings displayed of the magnificent Grand Tetons, where my parents often escaped alone on vacation.

Part of me was afraid in school that I would color outside the lines. I didn’t want anyone to know that I couldn’t even cut straight; my favorite childhood doll’s bangs were proof. However, when I was in the fourth grade, I remember drawing the most beautiful cherry tree. I was so proud of my artwork. I wished I had saved the sweet memory.

Always in the back of my mind over the years has been “my prize masterpiece.” The branches on my beautiful artwork became even more full and defined as I watched my daughters’ blossom.

My oldest daughter, Tracy was born with a crayon wrapped around her precious little fingers. She has taught me that there are more than 8 colors of crayons. Tracy loved to plaster our walls with her special gifts and filled neighbor’s mailboxes with love-note drawings. With her vivid imagination, she could make some wonderful children’s books. I’ve always tried to encourage and embrace her creativity.

Shortly before my long-time close friend passed away in 2008, I surprisingly received a box of pastels in the mail with the words, “It’s okay Annie Jo to draw outside the lines!”

In 2016, I will …

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  1. Oh, I am so sad for those girls. To have lost you once because of their mother’s decision, and then to have lost you again because of their own short-sightedness. They really missed out. I’m sorry you did, too 🙁
  2. So sad, what a terrible experience. and I know it was only one of many for you. Love you friend!!!
  3. This fills me with sadness: “No child should have to continually try to make a parent love them.” What a tragedy that your mother was not able to accept love from you. My guess is that deep down, she didn’t feel lovable, and she had to cover that shameful fact up with a bunch of br…
  4. It’s insane that these findings were made but nothing was done about it. All these years later, you are still waiting for the wrongs to be righted.
  5. I love you❤