The 2nd sad story I always tell follows directly after the first.
Kids love to hear stories and this one happened just last year.
We were finishing a big project.
Students were working on coloring, touching up and adding final details. The very next art day, the plan was to attach the project to the painted frames, and then I would be selecting a few for an art display. Everyone else could take them home that day.
A girl who was working very diligently to finish her project explained that she planned to give her drawing to her grandpa who was very sick in the hospital. The girl had been spending lots of time visiting him, and she knew that this would be the perfect thing to cheer him up.
That day was a Friday.
The next art day for that class was on Tuesday. Knowing the girl had planned to give her artwork to her grandpa, as soon as the class began working on Tuesday, I told her that she could take it home immediately, and would not have to put it in the drying rack and wait for the glue to dry.
"Oh Mrs. Mitchell," the girl said sadly. "I won't need to take the picture home after all. My Grandpa, he died this weekend. I never got to give him the picture."
Upon hearing this sadness, lots of students begin thinking about their own special family members.
I remind them that they might not have an art class in the future at the moment they need a special picture for someone. But if they have their portfolio in a safe spot, they will always have something that THEY made ready to be given to someone.
It just might be the last thing someone sees before they die. It might bring them some comfort in their final moments, having something that YOU made hanging at their bedside.
Even though some of the stuff in their portfolio might not have a lot of meaning at that very moment, because you made it months ago, don't just throw it away. Someone will think it is really special just because YOU made it.
Your mom and dad might not save everything you make, but don't forget about those family members that you don't get to see very often. They would probably love to hang your artwork in their office or on their refrigerator so they can think about you.
Please don't throw this artwork away. Put it somewhere safe. You never know when you might want to give it to someone special.
This is my 'slice of life' blog.
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