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.

 
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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 a 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.

 

Reading & Learning THROUGH ILLUSTRATION

 

When Bob began writing the notes, Theo was four years old in his first year of preschool and Joanna was seven starting the second grade. In the early years, he filled the pages with simple words and drawings - colorful communication that made a point of meeting his kids where they were: being kids.

 
 
 
 

READING & LEARNING THROUGH WORDS

 

As the years passed, the notes evolved and illustrations began sharing the page with more and more text. The notes evolved as the kids grew - filled with lessons on life, random thoughts about the weather, concerns about a particular family dynamic, and anything else that came to mind as he sat down after his morning walk, day after day.

 

The Complete Collection*

3,514 Notes Penned Throughout

14 School years from 1995 to 2009

With more than 19,768 folds

Over 4,775 School Days

(*not surprisingly, all numbers are approximate)

 
 
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A SAMPLING

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