I often wondered about the saying, “my brother’s keeper” and how people think they can be. Isn’t it an impossible task? Its an impossible task for a parent. A parent can teach a child all the child needs to know. Be successful at keeping bad influences away from the child, keeping sugar away from the child, and even home school the child to have a better advantage in life. So does that mean the other parents introduced their children to drugs and bad influences? Of course not. Everybody has their own mind and heart. No one can tell what the other person is thinking no matter how gifted you think you are or how hard you try. If a person desires to be a delinquent, he/she is going to do just that. I can take a thirsty horse to the water but if the horse won’t take a sip, is it still my fault?

I had this epiphany watching a show on A&E called “Beyond Scared Straight”. It is a program to influence way ward children back on the straight and narrow. The problem with their program is, its a new generation. The children are acting wayward because of their parents. I have seen only a few episodes and in the ones I saw, the directors take the children to prison to see hardened criminals. The lives of these criminals are supposed to scare the children back into a more socially acceptable life for them to be successful adults. I watched as the children were not phased by what the officers were putting them through. Then the one reason why most of those children came became poignant…. their family. One child had his father, 2 uncles and his brother in the same prison that was supposed to scare him straight. Irritated, annoyed, exasperated, and frustrated are mere words that pale to what I was watching.

I drew this illustration reminding me of when my father took photography class and had my brother, my sister and I in the see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil pose. I was 7 at the time and had no idea what we were doing; but we were covering our own eyes, ears, and mouth. The funny thing was with the eyes covered, one can still hear and speak evil. There’s no way around it other then making a conscious decision to do good.

This was created on 9×12 mixed media paper with fine tipped black ink and two different colored red gel pens.

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For the Love of Teddy Bears and all Other Toys Group 3/4/2013

Lenora has been a Counselor/Family Worker for over 20 years. Currently, she has found have an inordinate amount of time working in the geriatric community. Using the time constructively, Lenora was crocheting with some of the ladies, as she use to with her mother who taught her the craft. In so doing, one of the ladies mentioned how she would have liked to have a portrait drawn. Lenora took on the task and was inspired to continue. The illustrations here are mostly inspired by her childhood.

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