The concept “in every artist’s mind there is a masterpiece” came to light this summer in the sweetest way. I spent two weeks with my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter, and at every meal time she asked me the same questions about her artwork which was hanging on the wall right by the dining table.
“Sue-Sue” she’d say, pointing to her brush and finger paintings, sticker pictures and other miscellaneous “Charlotte Creations,” with a big smile on her face, “those are my masserpieces! (not sure who taught her that word but, at two-and-a-half it’s a mouthful) “Do you like my masserpieces?”
“Oh, YES, Charlotte, I LOVE YOUR MASTERPIECES,” then the exchange would begin.
“Sue-Sue, which masserpiece you like bess?” Of course, my response was the same every time – “I don’t know Charlotte, they are all beautiful!”
“Sue-Sue, why you like this one?” And then she’d point at each and every picture so I could say what I liked about them. This occurred every meal time. It was as if she was trying to seal it in her mind what she did well or the best.
Then, I’d ask her the same. “Charlotte, which masterpiece do YOU like the best?” And then using her 2 1/2 year old vocabulary she’d try to explain it.
One day, while her parents were away overnight, I was trying to keep our fun limited to home. I asked her if she wanted to make a stone “castle.”
“Like the castle before my movies?” she asked.
“Well, yes, something like the one you see before some of your favorite movies,” I replied.
After finding and piling up every single rock by herself, she proudly pointed to the stone “castle” and said, “that’s my masserpiece too!”
Talk about tug at my heartstrings!
“And Charlotte, you are a masterpiece, too!” She looked at me a bit blankly. That concept was a little deep for a 2 1/2 year old to grab onto. Well, we’ll keep working on that.
That’s all I’ve got for today! Except, for a few extra words to Charlotte and all the artists out there ~
“Keep creating: the world yearns to celebrate your next masterpiece.”
Today, I’m going to leave our readers with this snappy, fun, lighthearted song which could perhaps remind young kids to use manners. Listen in through this You Tube link .Thank you, Charlotte, for sharing your art and this song with me.
Even two and a half- year-olds teach us things.