Today is my son Ben's 12th birthday. He's always been the artist in the family.
He studies Spanish in school, and one regular assignment is to create flash cards with an illustration on the front and the Spanish word on the back. Of course Ben loves this assignment, and throws himself into it. The kids can choose their own words. Here's a recent card Ben drew, for "integrity":
I've always admired the ability of cartoonists to capture so much with such simple lines. And Ben has got the knack. I can feel this fellow's indignation at the behavior of the homogenous mocking crowd. I see his courage in standing up to them. I see the power he feels in knowing he is right.
I have no idea where Ben's ability came from, but it takes my breath away to see what comes out the end of his pencil.
Happy Birthday Ben!