A bad photo of a portrait that I did of Lisbeth and Milkweed in 2002 (it's under glass in a frame - I really must get someone to take a good shot of it for me...)
"All the things of Milkweed..."
Lisbeth and Milkweed inspired art by Portland artist Allison Baird: Prayer Card
Milkweed (the blue eyed, pink nosed, white cat) is the center of my daughter Lisbeth's universe. She is Lisbeth's guardian angel, best friend, and steadfast companion. Lisbeth has special needs and lives independently in a house in Topsham that is staffed round the clock by Independence Association, an amazing agency located in Brunswick, Maine. We were able to transition Lisbeth to her house just after she graduated from Brunswick High School at age 21 (at BHS, folks with special needs have the option to attend high school for 6 years). When Lisbeth first became ill, we never imagined that she would one day be able to graduate from school and live away from us on her own. It still feels miraculous. It took years of work and planning with the help of a large transition team. We will be forever grateful to all the people and agencies who have supported us in Lisbeth's journey and to all who continue to support us. God Bless them, EVERY ONE.
Like many adults, Lis enjoys having her own space and making it the way that she wants it (and I can sum it up in one word. PINK.). And she delights in all her knick-knacks and photographs of Milkweed in fancy frames. Lisbeth's house was gold when she moved in and she wished that it could be pink. Alas, even though she pays half of the mortgage each month (and her house mate, a young man with autism, pays the other half) the house is owned by IA and this is not an option. Lis gets her wish temporarily, though, because right now IA is tearing off the old siding on Lisbeth's house and has revealed the Pepto Bismol Pink insulation before the new beige siding gets installed! (Yoo Hoo! Paging Christo!)
These pictures were taken Monday on Lisbeth's Golden Birthday - she turned 27 on the 27th!