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"Touching lives with Art"

Art can touch lives and enrich our lives in so many ways.
On my creative journey I’ve witness it.

Back in the 6th grade, I used to do some drawing during free time if I had finished my work.  At one point the teacher noticed my drawings and thought they were very nice.  The kids in the class also noticed.  I was drawing funny creatures then.  My classmates liked the idea and started doing their own drawings.  They would ask me for advice about drawing and I would help them.  The whole class got into it. I was a very shy child and yet with art I was able to open up and share with others.  

I have a cousin who is physically and mentally challenged. I met her when her and her family came to visit. I wanted to play with her. When I showed her my toys she would just withdraw and have a blank look on her face.  I wasn't sure what to do. One morning I saw her in the corner of the kitchen scribbling on a pad of paper.  I sat down beside her.  She stopped for a moment.  I picked up the pen.  She didn't look at me.   I decided to try something. I drew a smiley face on the pad of paper.  She suddenly looked up at me with the brightest sparkling smile. I handed the pen back to her and said, "You try".  She got a little frustrated, so I showed her how and help her draw one by herself.  It was the first of many visits spent drawing together.

I recently met up with a classmate from years ago.  It was good to connect with her from so long ago.  She asked me if I remembered showing her how to make a Mickey Mouse face.  I couldn't recall that specific moment for time had passed.  Yet she never forgot.  She can't really draw but can make a Mickey Mouse face. She even showed her children how to make a Mickey Mouse face.
I wouldn't of thought of that making a difference yet it did.

Both our girls enjoy drawing and painting too.
I encourage creativity.  

Art has been a part of my life from the first time I picked up a pencil.  It's also shown me over and over that it's a key to connecting with others too.  

What talents we have are to be used in our lives.  It connects us together.
It's part of the colorful fabric of life. Take action on your talents with Love.

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