If you have children, then you will understand what I am going to share today.
Like I said, my oldest daughter is 16, and very much a beautiful, young, woman. I really wasn't sure how she would respond to my asking to include her in the series. I did stress "now, you realize I have to interview you?" thinking that might scare her off...but she was still interested in participating. I don't think there are words to describe how that made me feel. It is an honor to paint friends, neighbours, even strangers, but when my own daughter is eager .... well, lets just say I ran for the camera and note book before she could change her mind.
My daughter has a good heart and wants to help others. She works hard, and does her homework. But guess what... she's just like everyone else. She has hurts, experiences sadness, can get angry, and has fears. These are things we don't often hear about other peoples kids. Is it just me, or do most parents only boast about all of the 'wonderfuls' that their kids achieve? Am I the only mom with imperfect children? I didn't realize before I had kids that parenting would feel like a competition of "who has the best"!! Well, sorry to say, I don't play that game. It's not real. Maybe that is why I feel it is so important to include a teenager in my series.
The purpose of this whole undertaking is to make a statement. What you see (on the outside) is not really what you get. We are so good at making assumptions about others. We are also really good at masking what is on the inside of our own lives.
My daughter is most beautiful to me because at home, there is no mask,and I make no assumptions. I tease my children that I "know them better than they know themselves". That probably isn't true, but I know them for who they truly are.... and despite that... I love them more than anyone ever will.