Kids DRAW the darnedest things…
You’re all familiar with the adage of the half-empty/half-full glass. Depending on your view, it says a lot about your personality. Those who see it as half-empty are said to look at things negatively. Those who conceive the glass as half-full exhibit a certain degree of hope.
The same principles apply when interpreting art. The way a person sees it depends on where they are ‘coming from’. To some what may look cheerful and light, to others may seem foreboding and ominous. This idea gets even more complicated when we try to decipher the musings of children. Yes, at times they say the darndest things… but more often, they draw them. Children often lack an adult’s filter for say, decorum, but through their eyes is a reality and honesty many adults attempt to deny.
Even with that said, some times our adult minds and a child’s honesty don’t match up accurately. And things like this happen:
A first grade girl handed in the drawing below for her homework assignment.
After returning the assignment home with the little girl, the teacher received the following note the next day.
“Dear Ms Smith:
I want to be perfectly clear on my child’s homework illustration. This picture is NOT of me on a dance pole on a stage in a strip joint surrounded by male customers with money. I work at Home Depot and had commented to my daughter how much money we made in the recent snowstorm. This drawing is of me selling a shovel.”
Things that make you go hmmmmm.