Sunday, May 12, 2019

Living a Creative Legacy This Mother's Day

I worked hard coming up with a way to describe who I am in my writer's bio, and I'm pleased with what I've come up with.

Edie Melson is a woman of faith with ink-stained fingers who is known to quip that’s she’s creative out of self-defense. No surprise since she’s the daughter of an artist-mother and musician-turned-photographer-father, and admits she’d have been a disgrace if she hadn’t been true her own creativity.”

As you can tell from that, I was raised in an amazing family. 

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 again reminded of her  ever-present encouragement one time when I accompanied her to an exhibit. She had a handmade book in a traveling show and I went with her to our local bookstore where it was on display 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, who was 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

Living a Creative Legacy This Mother's Day - @EdieMelson (Click to Tweet)


  1. This is a great post for Mothers Day. It is great when they are our top cheerleader, even if they try to hide it sometimes. Glad you have such happy memories.

  2. I LOVE your bio. It's a perfect. I have a long version of mine, telling how my mom instilled in me a love of reading at a young age. Together, we would journey to worlds otherwise unknown to us. At the age of four, my parents took me to see Mary Martin in Peter Pan after reading the book. I was struck with a fever from which I never recovered. Stage fever. But who knew these two loves would merge one day, turning me into a novelist?

    1. Ane, I love those memories you have! Blessings, E

  3. Happy Mother's Day dear sister-friend!

  4. I love this new insight into what makes you so wonderful. Happy Mother’s Day!

    Laurie Epps

  5. Wonderful tribute for Mothers Day!