“In this modern world where activity is stressed almost to the point of mania, quietness as a childhood need is too often overlooked. Yet a child's need for quietness is the same today as it has always been--it may even be greater--for quietness is an essential part of all awareness. In quiet times and sleepy times a child can dwell in thoughts of his own, and in songs and stories of his own.”
― Margaret Wise Brown
It's been nearly three weeks, but I can still hear the quiet scratch of a pencil dragged across paper, the dip and swirl of paintbrushes against glass. These sweet faces and glorious works of art waiting patiently for the busyness of life, the back to school ordering of things to come to a quiet hush. And as I sorted and sized each photo, I remembered each face and spark of imagination that came to life under our little tent. Art camp 2014 is since gone but these beautiful children will continue to shape me, inspire me and lead me to a place of courage and bravery. And for this, I am beyond grateful.
Two weeks. 46 artists. 14 gallons of lemonade. 9 watermelons. 2 bee stings.
One very full heart.
You are not so small.
There are places that wait to be filled with your love.
Your hands hold secret worlds of imagination.
There is strength in your words,
A magic waiting to be unleashed.
Courage is the quiet voice deep within,
The voice of love inside your heart.
And when you stand on the edge of the tallest mountain,
Listen for your dreams calling you home.
Spread your beautiful wings and fly.