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Portrait of the Young Artist in search of a canvas

2014-06-26 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Granddad. Hailey was here and left her mark. She's in her chalk phase now. Her Mema always has a good stock of paper and Crayolas for indoor art, for inspirational occasions outside, when its not convenient for oils and easels, there's chalk. Almost nothing is off limits. Watching her, it was a reminder of how parents, 50 years ago, required written permission for a kid to even make a hopscotch court on the sidewalk (a No or Low Budget, homemade, make do family parks & rec program, by the way.). Even later, some parents allowed children's artistic impulses to soar indulgently but all to temporarily, as they quickly brushed, scrubbed, or painted away the evidence. But as grandparents, every chalk stroke is a treasure, a too fleeting memory, that a grandchild was here, a mental click to remember more - and each piece of art is protected like a fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, as we're protecting Hailey's art days after she left. - GRANDDAD.
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