So, after plunking on my thinking cap the words “a child’s tears” flooded my brain. And that’s when a sad memory surfaced.
Back in high school my art teacher made me cry (although I didn’t dare shed a tear in front of her). You see, she had the audacity to tell me I didn’t have an artistic bone in my body. I suppose the “C” scrawled on my report card should’ve been a clue.
I didn’t think my drawings and paintings were too shabby. Heck, I even patted myself on the back with her yardstick.
Unfortunately, her poisonous words crushed my creative spirit, and I tossed my sketch pad aside for twenty-two years.
“Words kill, words give life, they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.”
Proverbs 18:21 (The Message)
Perhaps, if she had chosen kind words, my artistic endeavors would have blossomed earlier.
I can’t change the past, but I can suggest that Elementary School teachers and/or Sunday School teachers hand out these notes to their students. As the students color them in, teachers could talk about the importance of choosing their words carefully.
“Gracious speech is like clover honey—
good taste to the soul, quick energy for the body.”
Proverbs 16:24 (The Message)
I’d planned on adding color to my “Bee Happy, Honey Bear”, instead I got carried away playing around with the colored backgrounds and adding the encouraging words.
Parents could also cut-out and tuck these encouraging notes into their child’s lunch bag. My mom tucked hand-written notes into my lunch bag and I did that for my kids too (I wish I had done more of that though).
Like I mentioned above, I can’t change the past but I will encourage young minds to follow their dreams. So kids, keep at it, you can do it!
Next week, these four notes (and a bonus note) will be available in My Whimsical Shop.
In the meantime, to download a FREE coloring page that will encourage the child in your life to “keep at it”, just click on the image below.
Did you know coloring reduces anxiety? It also helps inspire creativity.
How do you show love to the child in your life?
Bear Hugs and Blessings,
P.S. Please visit all of the other artists over at Michael’s blog—Creative Tuesdays.
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“HOW TO SHOW A CHILD THEY ARE LOVED” first appeared on www.tracycampbell.net/blog.