ish by Peter H. Reynolds
A single mocking comment can change the way we see things – about the world, about ourselves, or about things we love doing.
Ramon is a boy who loves to draw. He draws all the time, and is happy when he is drawing. One day his older brother makes fun of a picture Ramon is drawing – saying the picture doesn’t look anything like the vase of flowers.
Ramon gets upset and crumples up his drawing. After that, when Ramon tries to draw it isn’t the same. He feels he can’t get the pictures just right. He crumples up a lot of drawings.
After many months and many crumpled sheets of paper, Ramon put his pencil down. “I’m done.”
His sister, Marisol, watches him, and grabs one of the crumpled drawings. When Ramon chases her to her room, he is startled to see her walls. Marisol has saved many of his drawings and taped them up.
“This is one of my favorites,” Marisol said, pointing
“That was supposed to be a vase of flowers,” Ramon said, “but it doesn’t look like one.”
“Well, it looks vase-ISH!” she exclaimed.
Ramon starts to see his drawings differently after that.
“Ramon felt light and energized. Thinking ish-ly allowed his ideas to flow freely. He began to draw what he felt- loose lines. Quickly springing out. Without worry.
Ramon draws again, and is happy. He finds that he can draw ish feelings, and even tries making ish poems.
Ramon doesn’t worry about his brother’s comment, or about getting drawings just right, anymore. He is back to drawing because he loves drawing – and finding great joy in it.