While visiting my daughter’s school I noticed a big gap in the volunteer sign-up sheet for face painting at the upcoming Fall Festival. Fall Festival is a big deal to my school-spirited daughter. I was asked if I could paint faces. I have never painted faces but I said, “Of course” (my art teacher mom would show up after-all).
I learned that people can do anything now. After a quick search on the internet and a few shopping trips, I had a poster board and my kits prepared. My mom, the award winning art teacher/artist, surprised me. She was very nervous and even gave excuses to the kids about the paints being too thin and her dissatisfaction with her work. I encouraged her and determinedly said, “We can do it Mom, just look at the board samples.”
After a few faces completed my Mom became very confident while I worked hard on my knees on the concrete. Our line was long and we were swamped very quickly. It was a gratifying day. I received the best thank you letter from Tigerville Elementary PTA “Wow, Just Wow…” My goal is always to “wow”, but I have never revived two “Wows”.
So with a little research and a little bravery I learned it is easy to succeed at something just a little bit new. Here is some of my work:
I am so honored to be a recipient of Volunteer of the Year from Upstate Forever. This organization quickly and efficiently saves countless amounts of land in the upstate every year and educates the public.
Upstate Forever Site Awards page
Upstate Forever 2010 Awards Luncheon (pdf invite)