Saturday, 17 March 2012

Time Out

Flying puppy friend

So you may have noticed that I haven't been posting for a couple of days? Well, I was in "Time out." *laugh* No, really, I was!

If you're not familiar with the concept of "time out" it occurs when someone (usually a child) chooses an action that is not in harmony with those around them, and they are then asked to sit on their own and think about their choice in actions and how they may have handled the situation differently.

For the last couple of days, I have been in "time out," not because anyone, or even my divine team sent me to "time out;" not a punitive action at all. This was a self imposed (well mostly) time out.

Guinea Pig Angel
I sat down to write a post a couple of days ago and had...nothing, you could hear the crickets chirping it was that silent...absolutely nothing! This is not because I had nothing to say, I ALWAYS have SOMETHING to say *laugh* I just wasn't getting any assistance in that moment.

As it turns out, I was in time out for a purpose. All day today I have done one thing...draw!

I am constantly in awe of the amazing and inspiring nature of our youth; and definitely not more so than right now. 

The Veggie Army
As a part of the National Year of Reading Campaign, each of the local libraries in the Whitsundays held a story writing contest for children. I was honoured to be able to not only read all of their stories, but also illustrate the winning entry as, for the last two days I have been completely immersed in "Imagination Land" with the children who wrote these stories.

Just to give you a bit of an idea about what is so inspiring, these are some of the concepts covered in the stories I read (remember these are children authors from about age 5 to 13)...

  • Friends will help each other no matter what
  • Positive thoughts make things happen
  • Magic comes from our amazing animal friends
  • Every action has a consequence
  • Vegetables are best "enemies" with candy 
  • Being yourself is really important and helps you succeed (awesome right?)
  • If you fail at something, just try again.
  • We all have different strengths and weaknesses
  • Imagination is where the magic begins
...and the list just keeps going!!!!!!!!!

I rest soundly tonight knowing our future is safe in the hands of these beings.
The veggie army arriving in their cauliflower ship

Sending the Veggie army home
Candyland animals
With love and light

P.S. These are some of the illustrations inspired by the children's writing.

1 comment:

  1. Inspiration is obvious in these illustrations. I love how you interpret these kidz stories. xoxox