On at least one occasion, we’ve all been stopped in our tracks by the profoundness of a child’s view of the world by an innocent comment they’ve casually shared, a drawing, or something written as a school assignment. I just had the opportunity to experience one of those moments!
This year, I have the privilege of receiving a monthly piece of artwork from our friend Roger Archey with the NAPA County, CA Firewise Program. The artwork was created last year by youth in his community during a children’s art contest with the theme “Wildfire Hurts Everyone.”
This month, the creativity spotlight shined a shade brighter with a piece created by 11-year old Emma Kluz from Vacaville, CA. Her depiction of a wildfire as a roving highway monster stresses the reality of what happens in a fire. Perhaps I found her image even more profound because the White, Grand, Branch and Powerhouse fires are all active in her home state doing exactly what her artwork intensely portrays! The caption simply states: Help Prevent Wildfires! – followed by a simple smiley face emoticon.
I wish I could afford to buy thousands of billboards throughout the country and plaster them with her artwork!