Thursday, December 17, 2009

That's Me All Over

I am sure it is a bit narcissistic of me but I love it when I become a character in a child's writing.

When their creative juices are flowing children can be amazingly prolific. This means that often times bits of paper containing their latest efforts blanket just about every surface in our room. And they show all of it to me.

Over the years there have been many depictions of me drawn by children ranging in age from about three to nine years old.

There are the flattering pictures showing the cool, confident teacher, others of me being silly and then there are those where I barely resemble a person...

But in all of them I am there with a big smile on my face.

I may not have a nose or fingers or a neck but there is always the smile.

A friend of mine does art therapy with prison inmates and it is really interesting to hear her speak about how telling a simple drawing can be.

Size, proportion, location, detail and lack of detail all (evidently) carry such weight.

I have never been any good at reading into these things but I do find it fascinating.

If all the kids drew me scowling or frowning it would concern me so since I always seem to appear happy in their eyes why not celebrate that?


Keep it up dear children!


WAT said...

Gary, those drawings of you are actually uncanny.


Dumdad said...

The top drawing is YOU. Brilliant.

Pauline said...

Even your writing about your work smiles so you should not be surprised when you are depicted that way. How wonderful to see yourself that way through another's eyes!

Barbara said...

You should feel so proud that your smile comes through without exception. I did see a close resemblance in the first picture! I'll bet SMILE is one of the first words the children learn to sign.

lettuce said...

yes, gary, you may be smiling but you also need a manicure

Gary said...

Letty - Yes, I noticed that and am right on it!

Steve said...

So in the first photo you're wearing a dress, and in the second you appear to have a goiter.

The third one, though, is spot-on! :)

Gary said...

Steve - lol, I noticed the dress myself but wasn't going to comment on it. I do like the third one the best. I look really cool don't I?

Salty Miss Jill said...

I think you look like the Eiffel Tower in the second one.
These are terrific! Thanks for posting them. :)

edward said...

i agree with salty miss jill--!

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

They are all great, but I agree with Dumdad about the one on the top. That sly smile and huge hands are so spot on. Wait, is that a dress you're wearing in that one?

Have a great holiday!

Gary said...

Greg - I saw your comment in the sidebar comment section and began to read. However it cut off at "That sly smile and huge..." I could not get to the rest of your comment fast enough! ;)

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

I'm sure the first thing that came into your head was "huge heart"? (Sly smile on my part now.)


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