Many times in life, we do something that could get us in trouble if we are caught, yet something within us pushes us to do it anyway. Sometimes we get caught and what unfolds is surprising. Let me share my daughter Virginia’s experience with you.
Virginia is a senior in high school. She has always been a good student and overall a pretty good kid. While she has had her own ups and downs, she has always remained compassionate and stood up for what is right. So as a parent, I would never have expected her to skip class or any other school activity she was required to participate in. Yet she is one to follow her heart, and she did. Virginia, although she is intelligent, insightful and intellectual, has never liked school (although she does look forward to college). If she had the chance, she would quit and jump right into experiencing life to the fullest. She’s a beautiful soul. But getting back to my story…
One day, the school was having a pep rally that all the kids were required to attend. Virginia, disliking school functions of almost any kind, did not wish to attend. So when all the kids proceeded to the pep rally, she ducked out and into a bathroom. Bored, she spent this time in the bathroom doodling on the walls. Now who has never doodled on a wall or bathroom stall at least once in their life? Unfortunately most bathroom graffiti is not the nicest and not very aesthetically pleasing. But Virginia sees beauty in life, and she is very artistic. She took her addition to the bathroom walls one step further.
“These walls are so bare. School is so bland. We need color and Art and the passion to pursue creativity.”
“A love for one’s self is a love for all. Without its appreciation, one cannot fathom true happiness and the beauty & serenity mother Gaia provides for all beings. Be kind to her please. ❤️ She is an organism, for our life creates her spirit.”
“Breathe my love, your awakening begins with pain. Never surrender! ❤️”
While Virginia was busy doodling on the bathroom walls, the fire alarm sounded. She panicked and was trying to figure out how she would leave the bathroom without being seen. When she peeked out of the bathroom, a teacher did see her. She thought she was busted. Fortunately, the teacher only asked her if there was anyone else the bathroom. She replied with a no, and then the teacher lead her outside to wait out the fire alarm. As days went by, word spread about the art in the bathroom, and the principal wanted to know who did it.
Virginia continued her daily doodling in her notebooks during class, when a teacher assistant saw it and approached her. She complimented Virginia on her art work, and asked her if she was the bathroom artist. Virginia simply replied, no. Friends would look at Virginia’s doodling, and they knew it had to be her. They suggested Virginia should speak up and say it was her. There was no way. Why would Virginia want to turn herself in and be busted for vandalism?
Then one of her friends shared with her what the principal posted on his Instagram page:
He posted, “Periodically I go to WC to paint over all the graffiti in the bathrooms. I couldn’t bring myself to paint over these just yet and they have given me an idea to bring some life and creativity to WC. More to come!”
Could this be a good thing? Reluctantly, Virginia finally decided to approach her principal and confessed to her graffiti. Much to her surprise, he informed her that she had sparked his own creativity. He said he would like her to create a mural on one of the walls in the school. She happily agreed.
Who knew an impromptu neglect for following the rules could lead to something rewarding? I applaud the principal for seeing something beautiful in something as mundane as the bathroom wall. Not only that, but for wanting to turn it into something more, rather than seeking to just punish based on “rules”. I cannot wait to see the legacy that Virginia leaves on her school walls. More to come…