Violet and I go way back. Within days of her own birth, she joined my birthday celebration and was the hit of the party. Tonight, as her mommy and daddy prepared dinner, Violet and I went outside to play. She placed sidewalk chalk in front of me saying, “You draw.” “Violet, you draw!” She refused, “No. You are the drawer.”
Clearly in charge, Violet has vision. Flowers, then ‘sunshine,’ then an airplane. I ask why we need a plane. Placing her hands on her hips with an incredulous look, she tells me firmly, “We… have… planes.“ So I set about recreating a flight coming into Lunken Airport, near her hillside home.
At one point she appears to lose focus and walks away to play with her toys. I ask if we are done? She calls out, “Toys help drawing!” Like all good Art Directors, Violet understands the creative value of redirecting attention. She trusts others to do work she oversees and she gives decisive direction; “No. I don’t like it” or “Make more of those.”
But what makes Violet great is enthusiastically sharing her ideas so the finished result really shines. Before declaring the job complete, she handed me a tool I’d never seen before and showed me how to blend chalk. Then, stepping back, she flashed me a happy 3-year-old’s smile, lighting up the twilight as dinner was served.