posted by Rebecca Walker at 12:48 PM
So I admit I'm a tiny bit sensitive to the subject of art and following ones passion and oddly have been all summer. This post made me cry just a bit! It was just lovely. I dunno...I ask the same questions and respond enthusiastically to anything children make because I want to leave doors and windows open to wherever it leads in their mind's eye. Though last week a four year old boy told me his wood blocks were a gun set and we talked and unfolded without me speaking for him that perhaps (thankfully) they could also be a bridge or a set of trees.Your response reminds me of the intentional and innately spiritual reverence of Mr. Fred Rogers and his relationship to children in paying attention to detail. There is a great documentary on his life and there is a scene where he is speaking with a young child and they don't know they are being taped and he is simply asking about the colors she used in her painting and listening carefully. A minister off screen, Fred often said that the space between the television/page/art and a child is holy space and his job was to transmit as much care and heart as possible, to be a force of good.Maybe Tenzin will draw a tree or a few lizards and begin to ask questions about the soil he drew. I'm sure you'll be right there for action research and a backyard experiential adventure to see what biologists could dream up after they draw their visions out. ...And perhaps your next book tour could double as a photo exhibit? ;-)
Hi. What happened to The Root? Is it no longer online? Gracias.
Thank U 4 This.LOVE.
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