Monthly Archives: December 2012
All Else Fades

By Helen Brooks

I ask my girls to draw the nativity to make ornaments for the tree. Virginia simply draws a manger and a babe, feels that’s enough to get the point across, then moves on to begin her next picture.

I watch Mary Helen as she carefully draws the manger, then places a frowning baby in it and colors the manger orange. She picks up a pencil, presses down hard, and draws a tiny Mary and Joseph and three itty bitty wisemen. The babe in the manger seems huge, way larger than the miniature people she has drawn.

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