Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Kids Paint the Darndest Things
The older kids tackled Moses and his burning bush. The flaming heart above is at the center of their design. As a collector of milagros, I love that another teacher in our room thought to suggest this, inspiring a discussion about ex votos, sacre coeurs and the flaming heart as a common theme appearing in the religious folk art of various cultures. The bush wraps around both sides of the table:
Another group of small ones channeled their inner Leonardos and produced a version of "The Last Supper":
1. YAY! Depth and perspective.
2. How humbling to learn that Jesus couldn't score the private banquet facility at the Applebee's, or whatever equivalent of the Applebee's they had in suburban Jerusalem. Maybe he didn't ask for the private room - man of the people, and all.
But my favorite detail of all is this one:
We left the ham exactly as they painted it (the second largest item on the table next to the wine bottle - "because little kids drank wine back then, since the water had germs"). If anyone objects, we'll say it's challah - or one of those pink conchas that are my favorite form of pan de huevo to munch on while admiring my milagros.
Reminds me of the Christmas song, "Some Children See Him":
The children in each different place
will see the baby Jesus' face
like theirs, but bright with heavenly grace,
and filled with holy light.
Love, love, LOVE seeing faith through the eyes of children.