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Friday, February 20, 2015

Guest Blogger: by Son2.....

There's this picture of a penguin I made in third grade. I had to do it in art class to capture the essence of winter.
I had no idea how much more it would come to mean as I grew older.
It's a singular penguin standing alone on a windswept snowscape staring blankly to the left. Completely alone, snow falling all around him.
The paper is now faded and worn.
My mother framed it shortly after it was completed and it has hung on my wall ever since.
I would grow to appreciate its deeper meaning.
Something I could have never predicted in the flashes of vivid, disjointed memory I have of striking a dull, broken crayon to the construction paper background.
This solitary penguin, unwavering, alone. Even the discolored paper gives it a deeper meaning with age.
What was once a rich, powerful blue is now a faded, drab gray with almost no sign of its once illustrious boldness.
But his expression is unfadingly bright. He stares off into the distance outside of the frame as if expecting someone, or something.
I can't say with any certainty what he is looking at, or what ‘3rd grade me’ thought of the whole image.
But I look at it now and think that there is bright warmth just out of frame. Some idealistic hope or symbol of hope that keeps his expression bright even in that bitter cold.
I looked up at that picture tonight and suddenly felt this absolutely crushing sense of.... connectivity.
A deep sense of continuity to my life and my memories. 


  1. Your penguin and your text moved me a lot.

  2. Wow...your boy can write! And draw! Love this penguin, he looks like he could take on anything :-)

  3. Yes a very heartwarming post. I love that something drawn in innocence can come to mean so much more.

  4. A nice, positive message. I'll have to remember that as I look out the window at the never-ending snow landscape.

  5. this artwork is a treasure! i can see why you kept it! I love reading the story that goes along with it, too.

  6. Beautiful. You have a gift with words Son2…and this was moving and delicious to read.

  7. Not to mention, I LOVE your penguin picture!


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