As an artist, I look for inspiration, never considering that I might inspire someone else. Last autumn, I shared my collage, Treasure in the Gulf, with a group of elementary students. I talked about the BP Oil Disaster & the animals who were killed or injured by it, explaining my collage celebrates the sea turtles who were rescued & released back into the wild. The kids loved it! One boy asked if I could make him a cobra collage. While I quickly agreed, I’m ashamed to say, I wasn’t so quick to finish it. He asked & asked about that piece for several weeks. Finally, I gave it to him & he just stared at it & mumbled, “Thanks.” I honestly thought he was disappointed because this paisley & metallic cobra was not what he was expecting. I was so wrong.
This autumn, we cross paths again. “Miss Korsnick, look at this. Remember you showed us your turtle picture? Now I’m an artist, too.” He pulled out a sketchpad full of wonderful pictures that he drew. He said he carries his sketchpad everywhere. “I should start doing that, too. It’s a great idea… & you’re a great artist, Jacob.” I said, trying not to cry. He added, “Remember the cobra you did for me? I love that picture. It’s still hanging in my bedroom”.
A compliment from a child is priceless & so humbling. To think, something I did over a year ago inspired him to create his own art. We never know whose life we are touching… a word or a simple act of kindness can be remembered forever. A wise woman once said, “Live your life as if everything you do is important… because it is.”
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