© Donna Pierce-Clark
There are several little stories behind this shiney red cup.
This cup was one of my first little "gifts"
from my first year of teaching in 1971.
That year, I taught Kindergarten for
Fairlawn Local Schools in the morning;
then, I drove through the countryside,
to Fairlawn High School
where I taught Art to grades 9-12.
What an exciting year that was!
I jumped from 5 year olds to 15 year olds!
This cup was a gift from one of the little Kindergarteners.
It had a pair of scissors, pens, pencils,
and other things in it (for teachers).
I have treasured this cup for many, many years!
At first, it was my "teacher's" cup for my morning tea or coffee.
That lasted for many, many years.
Then, it became a pencil holder and
graced my desk when I taught in different situations:
Second Grade at Voice for Christ, and at Emmanuel Christian Academy,
Art at Tecumseh High School.
Special Ed in Enon Elementary.
Then, it came home, another pencil holder for
many years of home-schooling.
Now, this cup sits happily amongst
all of my still life objects.
If he gets lonely, he grabs some brushes or palette knives!
And, for today, he represents my "trying" to
break away from caffeine.
It worked one day (yesterday)!
I got a full night's sleep (last night).
But, he stares at me, this evening, with his
little flower, patiently waiting for me
to paint him.
Go to sleep, little cup.
We'll do something else tomorrow!