Beautiful Vase / February 16, 2019 / Julissa Cook
One by one, as each child finished, the pages were carefully carried to the front of the room. Each child waited eagerly for the confirmation, radiant smile, and compliments of the teacher. Not a single child was disappointed. The teacher accepted each project as if it were a priceless gift. The teacher shared a personal comment and excitement with each child, identifying something unique and individual about each vase and assortment of flowers. Some of the vases had images of people, like urns that had been adorned with images of Greek Gods. Other vases contained intricate patterns, as if inspired by Easter Eggs. For some of the children, the vase was small and indistinguishable amid the bountiful flowers that filled the page. Each project was unique, and each was beautiful.
The teacher was eager to see the outcome of this studious and thoughtful work of the student. Thinking that this would be the most stunningly beautiful drawing, she had imagined the things that she could say to reward the inspiration of the young artist. But when the page was in her hands, she stared quietly in confused silence.
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