It’s a little thing really. Something we middle class Americans take for granted. The luxury of being surrounded in your home by your family’s smiling faces. We plaster our homes with picture frames. I know for me, in all my moves, on of the things that really makes me feel at home is when I hang up all my pictures of my friends and family. In the majority of institutions I have visited, the walls are a sad desolate extension of the rest of the building. Sometimes they are painted a fun color, but more often than not they are the usual off-white, brick, blank, emotionless wall. This place needed some pictures!!!
So I worked with the kids in small groups and they each made their picture frame. This was fun… but the best part was to follow. After they finished painting, they each had 2 pictures with my camera. They could do whatever they wanted with these pictures: take it of someone/something, take a “selfy”, I would take pictures of them alone, with whoever they wanted, in whatever pose the wanted. These were THEIR pictures and THEIR frames and they were able to make a choice of whatever they wanted to do (a rare opportunity when living amongst a group of kids this large) We had some serious creativity amongst the crowd!! And then of their two pictures, they chose one that I printed to put in the picture frame they made. Here are some pictures of the journey:
And there are over 40 other proud owners who now have a little something to look at on their beds and walls. Just a little piece of home.