When people ask me to define love, I say, "Love is like handing someone a gun, having them point it at your heart, and trusting them to never pull the trigger." (Sponge Bob)

When they ask me why I laugh at my mistakes and even write them with pride in my blogs, I say, "I'm not crazy. I just don't give a damn!" (Daffy Duck)

When one time I was conducting a group activity, a student asked what road sign I love the most, I said, "I like dead end signs. I think they're kind. They at least have the decency to let you know you're going nowhere…" (Bugs Bunny)

And when for the nth time a friend would ask me what do I get from writing, I'm not even sure if there are good old souls out there visiting my site, I just smile and say, "Kung gusto mong maging manunulat, eh di magsulat ka. Simple." (Bob Ong)

And last night when Eva said she wants to quit from her work because nobody believes in her, her boss got mad at her, she doesn't even have friends at her agency, and she's crying like hell, I said, "Either you stay to prove your worth or you quit and just show them you're a loser, you have to strive for your happiness." (MY original)

My CHOICES: I remained believing in love. I continued spicing up my mistakes and rewriting my life, accepting failure but keep on dreaming until words would fade into thin air.

Jun 8, 2008

Bea's Artwork

Two days after Bea's closing program, I noticed she was all bored with watching the same Barney, Blue's Clues and Dora cds.

That same day, a brother from my "Youth for Christ" days dropped by my office and was holding pamphlets on a summer enhancement program. And so the story began of sleepless nights that Ronald and I was deciding what program should Bea be in this summer.

We never agreed on something, until we decided to ask Bea herself.

Without blinking an eye, Bea said, "I want an arts class."

And so she did. Eighteen hours to complete and these are her work of art or should I say, where she spent her energy this summer aside from swimming -- the fruit of her labor and passion:

shading exercises

placing shadows

color combination

coloring with oil pastel

"Fruits" using colored pencil

"Clown Fish" using oil pastel on felt paper

"I am" using oil pastel

"My Day" using oil pastel and water color

"Just Me" using oil pastel

"Little Mermaid" using oil pastel in felt paper

"Day at the Beach" using oil pastel in felt paper

"Walrus" using oil pastel in felt paper

Bea's love for arts indeed was shown in how she has spent her summer just holding her kit. Her love for water manifested itself, too (aside from arts class, she was also enrolled in a swimming class in the morning) through her outputs. Most of her drawings are sea-based -- sea creatures, mermaid, ocean, seashore, the beach and all.

For Moms who might accidentally drop by my site, hope you'll learn from my experience, too. "Never decide for your children all the time!"

You might think you know what's best for them (like I always feel), but sometimes, it is also best for our children to grow and be the person that God planned them to be by making a little step farther and just let them be.

Bea's discovery of her talent might not have been possible if my being "MOM" got in the way.

1 comment:

SandyCarlson said...

Letting a child follow her heart is a big part of being a mom! She is doing great stuff!