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Photo taken by a mom with severe depression, anxiety, and occasional panic attacks. She lives with her husband and daughter outside of New York City.

About this photo: My daughter may just be a toddler, but I learn a lot from her all the time. Her focus. Her determination. Her fearlessness. She’s not afraid to slide the big slide, or skin her knee from running too fast. She just goes, and she’s happy… nearly all the time. Sometimes it is hard to believe she is mine, she is so happy.

She may think she is drawing a flower when she is really making a scribbly purple line, but it doesn’t matter. She does what she wants to do and it’s all perfect to me. I strive to be more and more like her as I “grow up.” A happy, fearless, smiley, beautiful, force to be reckoned with.

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15 comments on “Purple

  1. Northern Narratives
    July 27, 2012

    Lovely post.


  2. campanulladellaanna
    July 27, 2012

    So cute, the first painting 😛


  3. allthingsboys
    July 27, 2012



  4. The Style Dancer
    July 27, 2012

    Crayons – that was one of my thoughts this morning but I don’t have any shots or crayons – thanks for sharing!


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  6. Happiness and creative expression. I like it.


  7. Bats
    July 28, 2012

    Hey, just letting you know. I think your blog is pretty cool, so I nominated your blog for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award:


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  11. Emily
    July 28, 2012

    Good One!


  12. The Retiring Sort
    July 28, 2012

    Lovely – it makes me think of the children’s book “Harold and the Purple Crayon” – there are no limits to what she can draw!


  13. ponky
    July 29, 2012

    very cute hands


  14. jbpunna
    July 29, 2012

    Thanks for bringing this to us it is so touching.


  15. The Retiring Sort
    July 30, 2012

    Just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for the Inspiring Blog Award! To see more about the award and this nomination, please visit my post at
    I hope this will be welcome news for you. If you prefer not to accept the award, I certainly understand, but I hope you will visit the other nominees, and they will visit you, just the same. All the best!


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