Saturday, November 6, 2010

IF- Afterwards

The IF topic this week was rather apt when it came. Thursday was an emotionally unsettling day when I discovered my son missed the school bus and had left his mobile home. When I got to his school he was no where to be found. I was at my whits end as I drove the 5km home thinking that if I did not spot him on the back road home the next stop would be the police. About 1 km from our house I spotted him walking coolly along the road. Besides wanting to throttle him all I could say is thank God he was okay, and knew the way home.
On Friday I was still shell shocked and hence the art therapy.
We had a long chat with him about going to the teachers, school guard or security guards for help instead of being so self-reliant. The teacher actually gave the whole class of 7 year olds a talk on what to do if one is left behind.

Watercolour pencils on paper.
J.
p.s. not my usual style but this is what came out, and yeah there are lots of errors. had a problem getting one of the eyes of focus :( but alas ....

11 comments:

Janet Dibbydabby.com illustrator said...

Im so glad there was such a happy outocme. Its a great illustration for the circumstances.

Chibi Janine said...

Glad you had a happy outcome. I remember coming across a little lad from a school once crying his eyes out as the person who usally picked him up half way hadn't turned up. I advised him to head back to the school and they would ring home. I followed at a descrete distance to make sure he got back to the school OK.

It never really dawns on you to cover such things until they happen.

Lovely illustration that shows your relief in finding your son really well.

Connie said...

The look of relief on mom's face is classic! Great. I love your drawing style and the little doggy for Spent is wonderful! We're very doggy around here.

June said...

Nice work.

June said...

This could make a good picture book written and illustrated by JMSF. 500 words 24 pages. Your 'Our Life" was a hit with all I shared it with.

Ann Marie said...

I understand the need for art therapy after that scary experience! Good to know you are both ok. Your illustration captures those emotions perfectly!

Katie L. White said...

Awww. My kids wait out in the dark (well up until daylight savings anyway). I always feel bad leaving them there. I'm thankful that one of them is 14 yrs. old. Glad your son was not hurt. Great illustration.

Jehanne said...

Thank you all for your comments.
Yes I am more than happy it had a good out come.

Chibi - yes it never dawned on me or others that kids would sometimes first take things into their own hands. It makes me wonder what else I might take for granted that I need to tell the kids about.

June - it yes it might be a workable story. Definately worth thinking about.

Gise said...

An illustration very emotional as the story, I'm very relieved it has had a happy ending. I like your style and I realy love the dog for Spent!

Jack Foster said...

I love happy endings :o) Your illustration depicts joy and relief! Nice one Jehanne!!

sketched out said...

Wow, what an ordeal! The relief and joy really shine through your illustration. Great therapy and, in the end, great art!