Friday, January 12, 2007

The Artist Within

One bonus of working in an elementary school is seeing things through children's eyes. The walls in the Kindergarten wing display colorful artwork of each season ... painted cut-out pumpkins, snowmen, flowers. I love how they view their world. Their perspective and artistic talent cannot be duplicated by adult hands. For many "grown ups," the freedom in artistic expression seems to be buried under the tyranny of the urgent ... just keeping up with our busy lives.
As we have been organizing and downsizing the things from our attic, I came across a picture I drew in Mrs. Stanley's room in second grade at Kennedy Grade School -- now a McMenamins. It's a picture of my family and a pretty good likeness through the eyes of an 8-year-old, I might add.
In case you haven't figured it out ... that's a big bowl of spaghetti on the center of the table : )
I think this is the only piece of artwork I have left from my grade school years and finding it brought much joy. For me, it's a reminder to make time for "play" in each day -- be creative!

1 comment:

Tim said...

that's so cool, and a mighty big bowl of spaghetti!