Give Them The Canvas


In the grasped hand of a child is a posed crayon ready to draw the world, ripe with potential, dreams and unstoppable imagination. Let that hand draw and push the limits of imagination. Let them tell outlandish stories against all odds. Let them dream big and play hard.

Give them the canvas, the paint and the time. Take away from them the sedentary video games, computer time and TV time that stunts their growth. Instead replace it with the backyard, dirt, rocks, sticks and playgrounds. Give them your time read a classic to them. Make up stories together. Give them a canvas so they may grow their ideas and dreams so that they no longer can fit on the page. Let them color outside the lines and make new colors. Set them free from the boxes of everyday life for only once in their lives will they hold the crayon of a child’s imagination.

Only once in life will they push the limits and reveal their true potential. In their future you may see glimpses of what could have been. Deny it to them now and it will be stored away forever, neglected, outgrown and abandoned. Let them be children now.

Copyright 2011 Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp


About Author

Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp is a mother of four children and is married to the love of her life, Aaron. Lori has been writing at her own website Faith Filled Mom. She writes about the journey of faith we live daily and how we can recognize God in this world. She teaches theology at a high school level and is also a current student of Loyola University Extension Program of Ministry earning a Master’s Degree in Religious Education. Her life is busy, exciting, overwhelming at times but always bursting with her faith in God. Lori hopes that you will find something that might touch your heart in her writing so that she can continue to pursue her purpose in life; to bring people closer to God one word, one moment at a time.

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