Little kids bring artwork home all the time for their family. They’re so proud of what they create. They don’t care (or realize) that their birds look like dogs or that the hands they drew have three too many fingers. They just want to share it with someone else and make them smile.
And what do we do after this kind of art is received? In my house, it usually went on the fridge for a bit and then, after a good run, it made its way into one of our many massive storage boxes. These boxes held gold-starred tests, class projects, photo negatives (back when camera film was all the rage), and other memorabilia.
Over the years, and after many moves, these boxes needed to be downsized or re-purposed. Of those 10+ boxes, the “good stuff” still remains in one box at my Mom’s house, but a lot of art has been tossed away and recycled. It’s not a malicious act against bird-dogs or even painful, as the artist, to see some of it go. (I feel the need to reassure my Mom that 8-fingered stick people don’t really go with my decor these days.)
Little kids give away their art. Big kids give away their hearts. The later, however, cares what happens to it after they give it to you.
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