In times of universal fear and division artists are set aside as “unessential” to society. Yet, it is the artists who are most likely to give their time, resources, energy, heart and soul to make people FEEL better.
Lately feeling good and excited has become comparatively unimportant. Art helps to bring out the creative spark that, similarly, has also become unimportant in the last few months. As adults we can view this time as a short period, and perhaps even see reason in being “grounded”. To children, especially those on autistic spectrum, it is an eternity! Their world changed forever, leaving them stranded in a maze without structure, where they face new and unwanted rules with nothing to focus on or look forward to.
The children and their families that come to the Lighthouse Landing Camp have been coming for decades. For many parents it is the only real respite they can look forward to. For the children it is an exciting and yet very familiar place. They know what to expect each year and they always get their bucket-full of activities and memories filled, thanks to the angelic family that runs the camp.
This year it is very different for all those families that relied on their sweet time at the camp, as the usual activities had to be cancelled. Ritchie and I feel blessed that we were able to provide the kids and their parents with some creative fun and the project of paddle painting. I was so impressed with all the beautiful souls, the positive vibrations, the non-judgmental all-inclusive environment, the love, and pure old-fashioned HUMANITY.
We might not be rich. We may not know how to navigate the money-possessed world, but we know the way of the heart. And for us the biggest and best reward is the smile on a child’s face as he proudly presents his creation. He won’t forget. And neither will we.
Broňa Wingell from Bratislava, Slovakia, now resides in Toronto, Canada. She has a deep reverence for the spirit in all things and paints for the beauty inherent in the process.