Sunday, April 3, 2011

A Bright Future

Our youngest son is one terrific kid.  We adopted him when he was just two days old and I'm humbled to be able to call him my son. He will graduate from high school in June, and we are so proud of him.  He's a straight A student since starting school and is talented at many things.  His witty personality lights up any room, but what we are most proud of is his character.  I honestly don't know what I'll do when he leaves to go to college, but I know his future is bright.  I caught this image of him while on a sunset cruise in San Francisco last year and have tried to portray it in watercolor. 

Dear Son,

I didn't give you the gift of life,
But in my heart I know.
The love I feel is deep and real,
As if it had been so.

For us to have each other
Is like a dream come true!
No, I didn't give you
The gift of life,
Life gave me the gift of you.

--- Unknown


  1. What a wonderful painting! Such pure clear colours! Congratulations on raising such a great young man.


  2. This turned out really well Cheryl and I love the poem.

  3. ....wonderful boldness so sharp and crisp cheryl .. full of confidence .

  4. Hansom painting of a hansom kid. I like the sense of place and the story here. I get a strong feeling of youth and determination. You aren't anywhere near empty nest are you? Aren't there a couple more in High school?

  5. beautiful painting and sentiment, Cheryl!

  6. Patty, Thank you. I tried to "loosen up" on this one and just couldn't do it! But I think the sharpness maybe magnifies the bright sunlight? Hope so.

    Thank you, Vickie.

    Nancy - Miss you, friend. Let's get together before I move, please!!

    Jane, Thank you!

    Carrie, the photo did tell a story. He's headed to school in the fall and then just one left at home.

    Nick, I really appreciate your kindness and am so happy for all of your success.

  7. What a beautiful painting and such a wonderful tribute. My boys are only 4 and 2 and just reading this post makes me sad for the day they leave my home. By now he's graduated, hope you're hanging in there:) Hugs!

  8. I can feel your love for your son. I like the feeling I get from reading your page - even the quote at the top.