Trev and I were enjoying a quiet Sunday afternoon coffee date at a local bakery, sharing a chocolate croissant, when a tiny girl came up to us and handed us a drawing she'd been working on at the table beside us.
"This is for you," she said, and then added matter-of-factly, "I'm a good artist."
We enthusiastically agreed and thanked her as she marched back to her seat. When her mom told her it was time to leave she cried, "Wait! I forgot to sign it!" And she scurried back to us to sign her name on the picture.
I tucked the picture in the back of my book and couldn't help but think we should all be more like Ellie; bold and unafraid of our talents and abilities, making work that we are willing to give away and proudly sign our name to.
I think I'll hang the scribbled, primary colored picture on my office wall as a reminder of just that.