Mother Teresa in a Tutu

When my daughter called me and said, “Mom, can you please find me a dress form? I want to design an outfit for Mother Teresa.” I thought, oh Lord. That makes absolutely no sense. I just happened to be at an antique mart where they had one (made biting my tongue a bit easier.) Even as she started the project, I tried to subtly intercede by directing her toward an idea that “made more sense.”

Rejecting all my subtle and not so subtle suggestions, I began to just watch where my daughter was going. When she asked for help, I did as I was bid. “Just help me glue, Mom, exactly where I tell you,” she scolded, as I again tried to add my two cents.

Well, THANK GOD, my child did not listen to me and my limited ideas of how best to represent Mother Teresa’s love in the world. My daughter received a special prize that was created just for this piece of art. In addition, a new 3D category has been created for next year’s competition because she completely thought outside the box! Go Sam!

                I think it’s lovely. I love when I’m wrong!!       school projectschool project

5 Comments
  1. Wow!! Go Sam!! I believe she did a wonderful job! Very creative and very pretty. Mother Teresa was a woman who expressed love and joy, so I believe the tutu as well as the décor added to the shirt represents all that she believed in. I LOVE IT! Children have the best imaginations and ways of doing things. “Just help me glue mom”, too cute! Thanks for always sharing LOVELY stories.

  2. This is absolutely beautiful. I love her imagination! Kudos to you Ms. Toussaint on stepping back and allowing her to be true to her vision and keeping the door open to help when she needed it. I believe as artists it’s important for us to embrace each others way of expressing ourselves through art. It’s easy for us to impose our ideas or on others but as learned allowing someone the freedon to just do them that it creates a masterpiece. It also makes way for a new art for to be creat. I’m super proud of both of you! I’m definitely inspired as a fellow artist! Go Sam!

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