Nicholas, age 9, decided to use his natural creativity this past Father’s Day to make a dog appear almost out of thin air. I had been saving old newspapers for some time just for such an occasion. We made a messy goo of flour and water paste, tore up the papers into strips, and began to create something that he decided would become a dog. Nicholas had the vision long before I did, because the first day we worked on it, it was a soggy, gooey lump that I had waning faith would be anything recognizable, ever.
On the second day, Nicholas calmly and confidently worked on his dog. We scaled down on the gooey factor and let the strips dry a bit more. We had begun the creation by wadding up some paper into balls for the foundation. But now a nose was shaping, a sitting posture was becoming visible, and ears and a tail appeared. It still looked all out of proportion, but Nicholas assured me that, “It IS the thought that counts, isn’t it?” He was not concerned with painting it or putting eyes on it – no, this was pure art and it needed no adornment.