From the time I was a little girl, I was always different. While other parents were successfully dressing their daughters for school in adorable ruffles and smocked dresses, my parents were wrestling me out of Dad's fishing waders and rubber boots just long enough to go to school. I was a girl acting in a uniquely creative, vehemently independent and bracingly inquisitive manner. I regularly challenged my parents as I wandered the creeks behind our home in search of exciting adventures and new investigations. To my benefit, my parents always embraced this curiosity and creativity., encouraging me to explore my favorite environment.

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Photo by Lanie Galland