I took Emily along for a session of cranial osteopathy this morning.It meant getting up and out for 10.30 . I know this should not be a problem,plenty of time to get up at 9.00 and be out on time ,surely ? Well, add in to the equation very long hair that hasn't been brushed for three days and a tired and emotional Emily and the process took rather longer than anticipated:-/
By the time we left the house good spirits were restored, thankfully!
We got to the clinic on time and sat in the waiting room. As we had a few minutes to wait Emily took out one of her notebooks(at least one is taken on any outing)and started going through it to find a clean page.There were many pages of drawings of the "lady's" she likes to draw and also (a new departure) a comic strip story about one of them ,and a few pages full of her stories.She eventually found a clean page. The lady sitting next to me had obviously watched her go through the book,she lent over to me and with a smile said,
"I do believe she will make her living doing that" I answered that I believed that too:-) She went on to tell us about her son, a graphic designer, who has worked for some top companies.She said that when he was about Emily's age he was the same and would draw the same things over and over again.He had his own style and a passion for doing it. At school coming up to A level exams, the art teacher told the parents that he would never be able to earn a living from it!
She was very taken with Emily's individual style.She said so many people see good drawing as art and that there is so much more to it than being able to draw a figure perfectly or to be able to copy a picture.True individuality is much rarer than people who can draw well.She encouraged Emily to keep following her passion and to believe in herself.
She made my day! I hope Emily took something from the conversation and that she might think twice before comparing her endeavours to other peoples work.