By Casey Gwinn, JD
The Power of Affirmation in the Life of Child
By Casey Gwinn, Esq.
(Excerpted from Casey Gwinn’s new book – Cheering for the Children: Creating Pathways to HOPE for Children Exposed to Trauma)
Many years ago I read the story of a famous artist who late in life was asked how he became an artist. He was clearly gifted as a young child, but early on things could have gone a different direction. He came home from school one afternoon and his mother was not home. He found food coloring in the kitchen, found paper, and decided to draw a picture of his sister, Sally. The carnage in the kitchen was fully complete by the time he finished his sister’s portrait. Nearly an hour later when his mother came in, he saw a stunned look on her face and then she gathered him up in her arms and said, “Why, its Sally!” She told him what an incredible picture he had drawn and what a gift he had. Then, she kissed him on the forehead and told him to go get cleaned up for dinner. Years later he never failed to give credit to that amazing woman. His name was Benjamin West and his clear recognition of his Mom’s affirmation should never be forgotten: “My mother’s kiss made me a painter.”