Drawings for Pizza Girl

Pizza Girl

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
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.

Correction: Alika

That’s all there is to the story. This makes me happy.

The drawing app I use is Autodesk Sketchbook Pro.


  1. Chuck Cheesman Reply
    December 13, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Wonderful! These are the little things that make life feel magical!

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