When I was growing up I loved listening to Wayne Watson’s music, and especially his song “Watercolor Ponies.” It’s a beautiful song about looking at the paintings his kids made that were hanging on the refrigerator door. It’s to encourage us to make the most of the time we have right now while we can. He knew that one day they would no longer be there. I just happened to hear him at a concert years later when he said that his last child just left for college. He sang this song, and it made me cry.
I have been struggling lately with feeling worn out with the “little kid” stuff, and ready for it to be past. I know I’ll miss it. But right now I’m just so tired–tired of spilled milk, potty training accidents, and crying. So, I need these reminders. A few days ago my kids did the 3rd lesson from See the Light and it was a watercolor painting of whales. I was immediately reminded of Wayne Watson’s song! So, I’ve hung those pictures up to remind me not to wish it away–it will be gone before I know it.
They used permanent markers around the whale.
You can see on the computer screen how Jim is teaching the kids the art lesson.
After the watercolors were dried, they added neon Crayola Twistables in the middle of the whale. You can’t see them without the blacklight. But with the blacklight it looks like this. The lesson is that the whale (or big fish) wasn’t a punishment for Jonah’s disobedience, but a way of salvation for him. They put crosses in the whale.
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