Growing up without MLK Day
It was important, I guess, for adults to point out those differences and never let us forget what happened to others. I loved those days before I understood what horrible things people did to each other in the name of justice or righteousness or something that made them fight each other. Then I realized that I was white and I was on the "bad" side. How could I be? I would never think this way about my dear friends! But, the white and black adults in my life explained we were to celebrate that this was in the past. "Look how far ALL of us have come?" was the message loud and clear to us as children. Yes! That is worth celebrating! Not everyone feels like we have changed at all or much, but this movement for change, gave this girl a colorful quilt of beautiful friends to know and learn from and laugh with! Your differences make life so vivid and exciting. Your paintings are always an extension of your originality. That's what I celebrate today...all of you!
Photo credit: http://experimentsinarteducation.blogspot.com/2011/01/martin-luther-king-jr-quilt-project-7th.html
Sarah Thurstenson a freelance graphic designer mother of two, an empty nester, and is the creator and instructor for Something From Nothing Paint Parties. She believes with some simple techniques, the right tools, and a little encouragement, anyone can make Something from Nothing!