Notes from Dad on Life, Love, and Growing Up
Folded Wisdom is an inspirational testament to the depth of a father’s love for his children, and an intimate look into beautiful, raw, human communication. Within the pages of this book, Joanna Guest shares the insightful notes her father drew for her and her brother Theo every day for nearly 15 years.
For her entire childhood, Joanna’s father, Bob, had a ritual: wake up at dawn, walk the dog, and sit down at the kitchen table with a blank pad of paper and plenty of colored markers to craft notes for his two children. Over the years, word games and puzzles for five-year-olds morphed into thoughtful guidance and reflections for his teenagers approaching adulthood.
Now, with more than 3,500 of her father’s colorful notes in hand, Joanna has decided that the lessons tucked inside are worth sharing. Folded Wisdom highlights the collection of Bob’s notes, telling a story filled with universal values that encourages meaningful self-reflection – about how we all face successes and failures; express happiness and sadness; and communicate frustration, praise, and love to one another. Heartfelt and full of possibility for the future, a father’s folded notes and drawings are timeless reminders of love.
Celadon Books, 9781250207791, 224pp.
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
About the Author
Joanna Guest is a proud daughter who enjoys talking loudly and often about her family. She left a career in politics to focus on Folded Wisdom. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona, and a Master’s of Public Policy from Georgetown University.
Folded Wisdom is her first book and she looks forward to someday plagiarizing her dad’s sentiments to her own children.