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In 1993 I was working at Charter Hospital of Savannah, in Savannah, GA. I worked on the Adolescent Unit with troubled teenagers. Some were emotionally and psychologically disturbed, results of genetics or of severe life-long abuse. Others were behavioral problems or they had issues with drug and alcohol abuse. I worked 3pm-11pm shift for about 2 years then I switched to 11pm-7am - so I would work at another hospital 3pm-11pm. I would get back to my tiny apartment around 7:45am, shower and be in bed by 8am. I'd wake up at noon and be on campus by 1pm. I'd take my classes and then be at hospital number 1 for work by around 3:30pm. I did this for a full year before burning out and needing a break. Anyway... it was well known by the patient population of the unit I worked at Charter that I was somewhat of an illustration savant. The kids were not allowed to hang up posters or do anything that would be typical of what a teen usually does to personalize their living space. But I worked out a deal with the hospital unit supervisor and the physicians who ran the unit that if I felt a patient had done something really good towards meeting their therapeutic goals I could do them a drawing and they could keep it in their room. This became a big deal for many of my comic book loving patients. The deal was if they did something that was a big step towards working out their therapeutic issues they could request any superhero they wanted from me. The patient that requested this drawing of the Wolverine gave it back to me when he was discharged and on his way home. He told me that at his house it'd only get torn up by his younger siblings or thrown in the trash by his mom. And he really loved this drawing and wanted it to survive. To date, it is the ONLY one of my "reward drawings" to have found its way back to me. True story. Go Wolverine! :D
@karencorchado - I think any positive outlet you can get your kids interested in certainly is a major positive. I know that many times when I could have been out on the streets, bored and looking for trouble, I was inside in my bedroom sitting at my desk drawing and painting. Not to say I didn't get outside. I discovered cycling in my early teens. But there were days when I'd ridden and could have been bored and convinced to do some of the stuff the other kids in my neighborhood got into that sometimes led to trouble and I didn't. Encouraging your kids to do things they love, especially when they are positive, creative things... you can't go wrong with that.
wow that was a good story. and very good drawing. @shannonl5
@JonPatrickHyde I always try to encourage my daughters to think outside the box and to draw whatever their minds want to draw. I love how open they are. Thank you for your encouragement as well
@JonPatrickHyde very interesting. I'm into comics, I have plenty of comic books at home, plus my three daughters are also collectors. My husband and I just got a commission from Rags Morales. He penciled superman vs. lex Luther. I can not draw for anything, but I encourage my daughters to do so. My older two have the talent to draw. I love the art behind it, I tell my daughters to open your mind and draw. :)
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