Circumstances Are Never Perfect
My teacher Gen Mondrub says, “If you wait for perfect circumstances you’ll never do anything.”
Asked in an interview, “What would you do if you didn’t have access to art supplies.” My answer was, “I can draw with a burnt stick on anything.” Yesterday, circumstances conspired to force me to live that answer.
I locked myself out of the house yesterday. Normally, this presents only a minor irritation; however, this time I was barefoot and without my phone. I couldn’t call for help or even take a walk. Years ago we actually memorized phone numbers and like most children of my generation I pretty much grew up barefoot and could walk down a gravel road. Now I can barely remember my own phone number and intimidated by the pine cones that littered the yard.
What was I to do under these circumstances for the next few hours? One of the essential skills you develop as an only child is how to entertain yourself. Fortunately, we had cooked on the grill the night before so I had several partially burned charcoal briquettes at my disposal. Next, I had to find something to draw on. This time I searched the recycle bin and found cardboard that had a white surface. Cardboard doesn’t tear easily or straight so I decided to make it a part of the work.