This painting is available HERE
I am so proud of Imogen. She has graduated grade six and is on her way to junior high school next year. It is an exciting time for her. She is such a deep girl. She always has been. She thinks about so much and on so many levels. She is a bit of a sad soul. I feel guilty about that, her melancholy is also mine. When she was little, you could not even sing “My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean” because it would send her into utter despair. This is when she was really little, like one. To this day, she will not watch any movie with an animal in it (live action) because she doesn’t want to take the chance of it being sad. “Animal movies are always sad” she says. I try to explain that we have to have the sadness to balance out the happiness but she will have none of it. She will avoid the sadness at all costs if at all possible. ET was a disaster that I wish I could take back. We never finished Waterhorse and believe me, Old Yeller will not be viewed anywhere near this house.
Imogen is also a worrier. (Guilty as charged.) She often worries about school projects and tests but she also worries about her fellow classmates. Let’s face it, not all kids have parents that deserve them and I think that Imogen is just starting to notice this first hand. It is hard for her to imagine a parent that is not willing to celebrate their child’s final elementary performance, but it seems impossible for her to imagine them being verbally abused or worse. She feels such empathy for these students. I hope this never changes in her, it is painful for her but it is such a beautiful gift that she has. She could change the world with the amount of compassion she has for her fellow humans and I have little doubt that she will.