after school tea and biscuits 

Weekenders, Pepper Ann, Recess, maybe even a little bit of The Young and the Restless. I remember how much I’ve always looked forward to my after school shows. One of my favourites was a red-sweater-blue-jeans wearing English man who made glue sound like you’re having tea and biscuits with royalty. Pee-vee-ay glue, anyone? I’m talking about Neil Buchanan of Art Attack, more specifically, his Big Art Attacks. I was so excited whenever the scene started outside instead of his art studio. With his raised eyebrows and goofy smile, I immediately knew — it’s about to go down.  As he began picking items one by one and placing them on the ground, I couldn’t help but shout, “Just tell us what you’re making already!” Clearly, I practiced and learned about patience from watching this show. Then finally he looks up to the camera, spreads his arms wide open and reveals his work of art: A dog eating a banana. 

Ah, you got me good this time, Neil! 

This story is a reminder of how we need to approach life. It begins with the big picture, your dream, and from there the planning begins and the work doesn’t stop until it’s materialized. It’s about understanding what needs to be done and owning your confidence knowing that there will be an audience wondering what you’re doing or why you’re doing it. Just keep giving them your goofy smile. Only you see the big picture; adjust it if you must but always protect it. The materials and actions you do daily all contribute to your bigger picture. So pick up that brush with purpose, write with meaning, squat and make a statement. You are the only one that knows what your dream entails. You are the only one that can make it your reality. Give everyone something worth watching right to the very end.

I know I’m not the best writer. I don’t even think I can consider myself a writer. I’m more of the lice that’s hanging on to a sheep’s wool running from the lion. But I do love what I’m doing. With practice I can look back and see how much I’ve grown, maybe even be brave enough to hang on to the lion’s mane. It takes a lot of courage to be in this position but I’m willing to make a fool of myself and be vulnerable to show others that if I can do it, you can too. I am constantly reminded of my big dream every morning by a voice calling out for her baba. Don’t worry, warming up a bottle and getting kisses are all part of my big picture. Because at the end of all this I want to look up with my arms wide open and reveal my work of art.

Until next time. Tara!
*In my best Northern England accent*

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