“…of such is the Kingdom Of Heaven.”

January 28, 2008

Today I saw a group of kids wrap their minds around something entirely new. We made book covers today at Reservoir and I don’t think it could have gone better. We put out all of the supplies; the loose ends of fancy paper we got for dirt cheap, the glue, the scissors, and told them what to do. I was SOOOOOO scared when they first sat down. They had no idea where to begin and I think this was the first time they had made anything without drawing pictures. It was so amazing to see the freedom well up in them and unfold into their work. They have such an intuitive sense of things and a joy that I admire.
One of the guys in my group covered his book in a plain red paper that was so uninspiring on the table and asked me if he could draw a picture on it. I said no and he looked so frustrated. He then proceeded to pick out a fantasticly yellow-green patterned paper and stick it square in the middle. It looked great. This one girl used entirely too much glue, but the paper absorbed it and crinkled in the most astonishing way. She made a very aesthetically mature collage on top of it and I almost jumped out of my seat with excitement. People thought their projects were ugly and found that they were beautiful in the end. I’m so proud of these kids. I’ve got to get pictures to put up here!
Anyway, when I stopped to look around, every kid in the room had their head down, intent and focused and happy. Rarely are things this beautiful, or maybe we just don’t look. Kids who have been abused, forgotten, cut down, abandoned, uprooted again and again, found peace today in glue, paper, smiles and safety. And we were a part of that.

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2 Responses to ““…of such is the Kingdom Of Heaven.””

  1. Hope Says:

    yay! The last two sentences make it all worth it.

  2. Sarah Sharp Says:

    do you think the third graders can make journals too? it would be great to combine the art projects with the writing projects if we can. I want to make one too.


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