This morning, back by popular demand, Alisha had another appointment to experiment with our musical instruments. This time RR, AR, AW, JSL, and MF had an opportunity to drum and play to their hearts’ content.
Meanwhile outside I let a small group explore our small digital camera. DH started with it. She enjoyed directing others to be in her shots. “OH! Say ‘cheese’!”
Then he told her he would like to have a turn and she documented this, as well.
She wasn’t quite ready to pass on the job of photographer. She said, “You two, get together and say ‘blah, blah, blah.'”
They did. DH passed the camera on to OH. He spent a lot of time figuring out the mechanics of the camera–opening and closing the lens and touching the buttons. Finally, all that fiddling led to a photo of the patio.
Satisfied he passed on the camera so he could race after his friends. WG took up the device and documented biking over to chat with his friend SS. Preschooler photographs always serve to remind me how much closer to the ground young children are than adults and therefore more in touch with its mystery and beauty.
Whether beating a drum or photographing their world, painting a picture or singing a song, preschoolers remind us on a daily basis that artistic expression is an essential communication for even the youngest humans among us. They remind us that to create is a human birthright, a joyful capacity we all share. As we grow this piece of us can often be ignored by ourselves and others and our understanding of what it is to create or be creative becomes very narrow and limited to, say, the work professional artists or performers. But being around young children informs us that this quality is alive and unique in each of us, an urgent and important form of expression. What stories (negative or positive) about creativity did you learn while growing up? How has it impacted pursuit of your vital and very human desire to create? Look back at your day, or your week, what did you create? How did you use your creative intelligence? At any point, did you ignore or downplay the impulse to be creative?