Our month with the Poetry Box was quickly coming to an end and I needed one more actvity for the last Friday. My co-teacher Leslie handed me that idea and it was a fun one! We created Watercolor Poems. The students chose a color and brainstormed ideas about what that color looked, smelled, sounded, tasted, and felt like. They then put their ideas together and created a poem. Once in the cafeteria on brightly clothed tables the poets/artists went to work. They wrote their poem on watercolor paper, drew pictures around the outside of the paper to illustrate their poem, and finally painted their pictures in their chosen color. The room was filled with quiet chatter and the sound of brushes being swirled in cups of water. It was beautiful! My favorite part of these Friday get-togethers has been hearing the words, “Miss Cindy, come read my poem!” Music to this teacher’s ears and joy for my soul!
I love how the picture above turned out. When I sat down to go through my photos I realized I had taken several of just the children’s hands. They resonated with me and once I put them together I knew it was the way it was supposed to be. These are pictures of hands gently creating beauty, hands unsure at first, gaining more confidence, and hands helping and guiding other hands. A moment captured in time with my camera that expresses what our lives should express. When we reach out and give encouragement, support, comfort, and love with a touch of our hand, we are giving a priceless gift to those who receive it. I’ve found though, that it is a gift that returns to the giver as well. Using our hands to create a beautiful connection with someone, to reassure another who lacks confidence, or to gently guide a person who is feeling lost and alone toward the bright color of friendship, is when we are truly doing God’s work. Bill Withers said it best in his song, “Lean on Me”. He sang, “You just call on me brother, when you need a hand, we all need somebody to lean on.” Whether in the school cafeteria, our workplace, out in the community, or inside our home we have the ability to reach out and touch someone in a way no one else can. When we do lend a hand, we create a moment where pain, sorrow, and problems are made lighter. Is there someone who needs to lean on you today? Just reach out your hand, “tell them you understand and help them carry on,” because lending a hand adds color where there is dark, melody where there is quiet, and verse to this poem called life.