The “Little Mermaid” is the first movie of Walt Disney that I’ve watched on a projector at school, then followed by Beauty and the Beast on Betamax.
The habit persists and so are the fairy tales I’ll forever cherish in my memory.
From the TV screen the characters ended up on every paper I deemed fit for my masterpiece. My favourite is a clean, crumpled-free coupon bond paper I usually bought for only two pesos at sari-sari store.
My sister appreciated my drawings of Ariel, Aladdin, and Sailor Moon (I love variety) so I gave some of my creation to her.
I don’t always give away my drawings not because I’m selfish (maybe a little) but it’s more of being sad as though I’m losing something special.
I was too young back then. As fragile as the tip of my Mongoloid no.2 pencil.
I didn’t follow the footstep of Leonardo Da Vinci. But I never stop loving art and the Disney or anime characters.
The Art of Saving (Unleash Your Artsy Side)
So this year instead of buying a Father’s Day greeting card, I made one for my father.
I drew a Mother’s Day/Happy Birthday card for our mother tucked inside a gift (on sale watch) which comes with adorable boxes. (I wish I could keep the box.)
And on Sunday, my father will have his own Father’s Day card along with a gift my siblings and I bought from Lazada Philippines, an e-commerce site to find great deals.
No Disney or anime characters are on the card. Or Looney Tunes.
So here’s the home-made greeting card made with so much love.
OK. It’s not Monalisa. But I do hope you can find humour and appreciation of what a coupon bond paper and pen can do.
I don’t draw anymore but I’ll have to sooner.
Writing and drawing are easier than meditation—sitting, forcing yourself not to think . . . at all. (That’s just not possible.)
Why drew a ship? Well, my father is a retired seaman.
Similar to Christopher G. Cervantes the author of “Financial Planning For The Fast Changing World: How To Make Your Money and Yourself Grow at the Same Time Rate Than You Ever Dreamed Possible”
The comparison ends there.
My dad bought a painting of a ship in one of his local trips. And that’s how I got the idea for the Father’s Day greeting card.
The three creatures in the ship are my siblings and myself. (I deleted our names to save our dignity.)
Trust me, we don’t look like creatures from outer space in person.
But it depicts reality. My sister likes a snapback (hat), my brother used to have a Nick Carter haircut, while I always like short, black hair (and Nick Carter in the old days).
I’m sandwiched between my younger sister and older brother. It may seemed like we are getting along or more like a truce is in placed between my sister and my brother.
Oh well, that’s what family is. (You’re stuck in the smallest unit of society.)
And there’s the other member of the family.
On the card, you can find my turtle. I entrusted her/him to my sister when I left. My dad doesn’t like my turtle and so are the Aspin (asong pinoy) but he takes care of our pets.
Isn’t he sweet and loving.
It’s the Thought that Counts (but Don’t Forget the Gift)
It’s easy to just buy a Father’s Day greeting card at the store but it isn’t as special if you make a card and write something, express your true feelings on the card.
(So I really mean the words “NO SMOKING!”)
My sister keeps telling me how hard our mom laughed when she saw her greeting card. I guessed I’ll never retire being the clown in our family.
Now that’s priceless.
I hope my dad will find humour in card. Then follow all (or some) of the advice. Why not start with smiling. 🙂
It didn’t take an hour to draw the cards for my parents yet I’ll always remember how happy they were.
FYI: those are the first card I gave to my parents. I occasionally write letters on a paper, not email.
The words and the art will bridge the gap of distance and the absence of communication.
You can draw and write a letter for your family. It shouldn’t strive for perfection.
I’m sure they will appreciate your thoughts because we tend to express ourselves more in writing than a card from a store, regardless of the price.
The Lesson from a Father’s Day Greeting Card
Yes, there is a lesson from a humble Father’s Day greeting card just like in the story of “Ang Pagong at ang Matsing.”
You have to outsmart yourself. You don’t have to always buy everything. You are never too old or young to engage in art or writing.
You can express yourself though you are miles away from your loved ones. And for your pets back home, some imported pet treats are the best way to show your love.
You maybe asking how did I send the drawing. I scanned it and email the image to my tech-savvy sister. (Lucky Me.)
Before I end this post, I’ll have to say Happy Father’s Day!
How are you going to celebrate Father’s Day? What is the best memorable Father’s Day to you?