The expression of love is uniquely individual and imperfect
FOLDED WISDOM IS A COLLECTION OF MORE THAN 3,500 NOTES A FATHER WROTE TO HIS CHILDREN EVERY SCHOOL DAY FROM 1995 THROUGH 2009. TOGETHER, THE NOTES ILLUSTRATE HOW ONE PARENT, IN ONE FAMILY, WITH TWO KIDS, GAVE THE EXPRESSION OF LOVE HIS ALL.
As a trained artist, Bob Guest feels comfortable with a pen in hand and blank piece of paper in front of him. He sees not only possibility on the page, but a safe space where he can express his thoughts and be vulnerable to no one but himself.
While he was in college, his sketchbooks were filled with ideas for future art projects, thoughts on gallery shows he had seen in the city, inspirations from discussions with teachers, questions about his own life, and illustrations that accompanied it all. Years later, after marrying his wife Gloria and starting up their small-business together, he found himself turning back to the blank page as a place for expression as he worked on his most important job of all: raising his two young children - Joanna and Theo.
So he began a dedicated morning ritual - every day, before the kids ran off to school, he would sit in the kitchen, draw, reflect, and write. He'd leave the notes waiting to be put into lunchboxes or back pockets on the counter every morning, of every year, until each of them left for college.
This writing and reflection grew from an inner-dialogue out onto the folded piece of paper, providing Joanna and Theo the opportunity to understand and learn from their dad's creative vulnerability and guidance.