by Edie Melson
If you notice in the picture on the left, Embracing the Legacy is the tagline on my business cards. It's right below the words writer... editor... wonderer...
I worked hard coming up with this description of who I am, and I'm pretty darn pleased with it. The idea started with the way I've described myself for years, "creative in self-defense."
You see, I grew up in an amazing family. My mother, Monita Mahoney, is an internationally known artist and my dad, Jim Mahoney, is a classical musician and well-known black-and-white photographer.
Being creative came naturally while I was growing up. Some of my earliest memories are of playing dolls under my mother's easel as she worked on paintings for a gallery, upcoming show or client. But one thing my mom didn't do was push me to express myself her way. She was one of the first to encourage me to explore my love of words. I remember one day complaining that I couldn't draw like her and I'll never forget her response. "Edie, you paint your world with words."
I was reminded of her encouragement this past week. She had a handmade book in a traveling show and I went with her to our local bookstore, BookQuest, where it was on display locally before beginning its travels. Instead of spending time with the bookstore owner talking about her own work, she couldn't quit talking about mine.
This is the same attitude I've found in God, the first to bestow a creative legacy on me. In Him, through the parents he's given me, I've found the strength and the inspiration to follow the dream He planted in my heart.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1