I started writing "Always Anika" as in high school. As a sophomore, I lived out in the country, so it's not like I could have just ran over to the neighbors to hang out. Other than school, sports, and taking care of our animals, I didn't have much to do.
That duality gives us the freedom to experiment and explore and have fun without the fear of judgement, but also the weight of knowing our work has meaning and that other people will be affected by it - either now or later.
Grandma Marie was the kind of woman who carefully hand-stitched quilts for every occasion, especially new babies. She lived simply, but nearly all of the decorations in her home spoke to her faith. She never had a negative word to say about anything or anyone, truly bearing her wrongs patiently.