This girl lives for art! There isn't a day that goes by that she hasn't sketched a picture or made a complete colorful masterpiece. Some days she even writes and illustrates her own books, it just depends on what she is in the mood for. And if we ever get a box in the mail she immediately ask for permission to cut the box up and turn it into something. We've had home made doll houses, rocket ships, and marble racing courses.
Just this past weekend I drove her down to IKEA where she took fifteen dollars that she has worked really hard to save and purchased the easel her art is being displayed on. During the drive back home she must have told me four or five times "My dream is finally coming true of having my very own art easel!" Oh ya, she is also my dramatic one!
I know not all kids are artistic, or even care to do art for that matter, but I still believe in the arts for all kids, no matter what type of art that is. My type of art is definitely not the drawing kind. Music is the art that speaks to me. Sadly, music and art are the first things to get cut from schools when money gets tight. And as parents it seems like we are always signing our kids up for soccer or basketball, which don't get me wrong, I think sports can be very important for kids too, but why don't we sign our kids up for pottery classes?
I just couldn't help but think as we were driving home how different the world would be if more kids were excited about drawing, and less excited about video games.