At 7 a.m. every morning, the first thing Von does after getting up is looking down from the window to see off his parents. His lingering eyes and love make it impossible for me to take off the lens from his small body.
Today I heard a fantastic quote from the movie director and screen-writer Andrew Stanton's talk by an anonymous social worker: There isn't anyone you couldn't love once you've heard their life stories. My footnote: If they are willing to open up.
After I gave away the story The Warrior and the Ladybug to Liang, Emily has been telling me how much joy it has brought him and his younger brother Yo. I also attached some exercise sheets in the pack. Upon seeing his work, I knew he is way much more talented than me. I am no more than the medium in the whole process, but I do not feel discouraged because he outshines me. On the contrary, I am glad he let me in his world. Adeline couldn't help explaining how Liang does not accept people so easily, especially when she experienced that in person. I asked Emily to bring Liang to the office next time because I'd like to be his friend, the face-to-face kind.
Meichien said I "adopt" many children, and they will be my guardian angels after growing up. It looks like I won't have to wait until then. They have showered me with tons of feedback. When I was listening to Yen-j's "Temporary boyfriend" with Kai, I asked him jokingly if he wants to be my temporary bf. He said yes at a lightning speed, and when Von heard that, he offered to be my boyfriend as if he didn't want to miss such a precious opportunity. I think this gift will warm my heart for a long long time...
Four-year-old Chichi learned five-character-quatrains at school, and she couldn't help writing her own couplet after going home. She said, "Birds fly and chirp against thousands of mountains, the jug is filled with water." When her mom told me the anecdote, an image formed immediately in my mind.
I couldn't draw in the past week, but I figure I was trying to fill my jug. This weekend I waved goodbye to the summer of 2012, deactivated my facebook account, and most of all, discarded waiting and guessing in the murky dark. I am going on with my bright and clear life. Different from the past, I start to feel bored with my narrow life circle. It's time for self-expansion...
Jazel often argued with me about who's the handsome one among the two kids. She voted for Von. However, God is fair. There is something about Kai that makes him stand out in photos, and I attribute it to his being at ease in front of the camera. Personally, I think he looks 1,000 times more charming than Daniel Craig in this photo.
Lately I've been an avid reader, but there is still a patch of blank I can't fill with words. Luckily, a few black-and-white photos attack that sense of emptiness and make me feel whole, all thanks to my little stars...
Von can't make it to the amusement park together with us, so after the trip, this is how we describe the day: We have had a sweet nap this afternoon, and we dream of having so much fun in the amusement park...
Kai is only 90 cm tall, so we can only take coffee cup rides again and again.
We also take a Ferris Wheel ride.
We are loaded with a new goal after going home: We are going to grow to more than 100 cm so that we can take the thrilling flying chair ride next time!
Apart from that, I of course had to collect reference images. I was especially attracted to those of Japanese warriors. Also, I asked Von and Kai to be my models because I needed more exercise in drawing moving figures. In the end it took me some time and efforts to decide on the media. Since I am no longer in Camberwell, I would like to be brief about the whole process.
I hope Liang will be surprised upon seeing every image, so I put each picture in one envelope rather than adopt the form of a handmade book.
The Warrior and the Ladybug
written and illustrated by Wei-chuen You
"I am a warrior! I want to make friends!"
"Don't run! Be my friends!"
"Why are they silent? I want to be their friend!"
"Who are you?"
"I am the ladybug."
"What are you doing?"
"I want to be your friend."
"So if you want to make friends, you tickle them?"
"Nope! How did you feel when I was crawling upon you?"
"Your touch was as soft as the clouds."
"It seems that you knew what I need."
"Most of all, I knew you really like me."
"I am sometimes rude and upset people, but you are still willing to be my friend..."
"Well said! But did you ever think of this when you were trying to make friends?"
"I'd like to apologize to them. Will you go with me?"
Often I don't have a clue what kind of role these images play in children's mind, but at least I benefit from the whole process...