School is back in session again. Take advantage of the back -to-school sales to stock up on notebooks, pencils, pens and grab that big box of 64 colors. Go shopping for your inner child and pick up anything and everything you on your special edition school supply list…something you wanted desperately…and never got! Now is your chance to indulge in that paint set, the colored markers, construction paper in all the colors of the rainbow…and more. Take your time picking out notebooks, 3-ring-binders and filler paper. Check out the pocket folders and don’t torture yourself over the decision of how to choose between the sweet kitties, Charlie Brown or Justin Bieber.
Students at Sacred Heart Elementary never had the option of anything more exotic than the Big Chief writing tablet and No. 2 pencils. The Franciscan nuns were, of course, concerned with our spiritual well-being and not as concerned with us tapping into our creativity. I remember an art project where we had a choice to paint something with primary colors of red, blue and yellow, or black and white. I wanted to create my own colors and Sister Judith insisted I choose one or the other and not waste her time experimenting. It started me thinking that I was wrong because I wanted to do something different.
Today I celebrate being able to choose something different! (As an adult, I can also see her frustration of having to manage 25 energetic elementary school children wielding paint brushes.)
So today I make it my mission to encourage different thinking, to create messes and add color in your life with everyone I encounter…life is too short not to explore your creativity when you have a fresh box of crayons and blank sheets of paper!