The Zen of Magnetic Drawing Boards
Nelle loves drawing - she spends hours with her chalk and crayons and pens and pencils and this. Her magnetic drawing board. I was watching her today with it ... creating the most beautiful picture a three year old has maybe ever drawn ... and then I lean over, and as I'm asking her to show me the fine points of the drawing, she erases it. Gone.
Which made me think about the concept of permanence and impermanence. How (according to buddhist philosophy) we're not meant to hold on to things, or ideas, or perceptions. How we should observe our own thoughts, and then let them go. Be in the present, the moment.
And that's exactly what Nelle does. She draws, she shows me what she's drawn, she erases and does it again. When do we learn to run madly for the camera, to take a photo before the picture's gone forever? When do we wish to freeze those moments in time?
There will always be beauty to observe, to create. Even if it passes by and doesn't stop. Or gets erased.
So here's to all we can learn from our little ones,