Something personal for today:
This week we laid to rest my Grandmother, Marilyn MacTavish. She has been a profound influence on my life. She has been as involved as a grandmother could be, and proud of all her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Her life was not perfect. She was widowed twice, and yet, she was always the most positive person I knew. She always said "If you're not having fun, it's your own damn fault!" And she truly lived by that philosophy.
She was a teacher for 24 years, having gone to college after her first husband died suddenly of a heart attack, and she had to support her three young children. She excelled at teaching and had a special place in her heart for troubled and special needs children and teens.
I have always looked up to her as an inspiration for the kind of person I want to be -a teacher, a mother, and a truly GOOD person. She always put people before material things, and made the best of bad situations. Her positivity lasted right until her last breath.
You have seen some of her influence reflected in my art already. The wood violets in my painting "From the Sands" are directly representative of her, as they were her favourite flower and she collected artifacts that displayed them. (That's also the tattoo on my left shoulder if you've ever noticed.) The colour purple will consistently be a reminder of her and will resurface in my future works as I pay tribute to her. I know her influence and light will be with me as I continue to create art. If you pay attention, you may notice as well.
Her light and spirit will watch over me as I create and teach, and I will strive to be a positive person to continue her legacy. I love you Grandma, and you'll always be a part of me.