About once a week, as I am pedaling my bike up a long hill that goes by the local stadium, I will stop and treat myself to a pizza at Au Stade. It’s on my way home. I’ve established myself as a regular. I almost always sit at the same table. I order the same thing (a personal sized vegetarian pizza and a beer), and then I get out my tablet.
Last month a new employee started bringing her three-year-old daughter to work. Rather than reading news articles or studying French and Malagasy, I asked the mother if I could entertain the girl by drawing pictures on my tablet.
|PIzza Girl and Pizza Princess|
And now this is part of my ritual. She acts happy when I arrive, but she is shy and waits until I invite her over. She understands French better than most Malagasy children I have tried to talk to.
“Chat,” she’ll say softly, requesting that I draw a cat.
Or I will draw something, and ask her what it is. This is how I learned the Malagasy word for dog: Alika.
These are some of the drawings I done for her.
That’s all there is to the story. This makes me happy.
The drawing app I use is Autodesk Sketchbook Pro.
Chuck CheesmanDecember 13, 2015 at 7:21 pm
Wonderful! These are the little things that make life feel magical!
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