This is a cliché Malay pointed out as erroneous one time he was conversing with Kay. To him, there is nothing perfect. In any work of art, there is always that lack – in beauty, in craftmanship, or in organization. I agree with what he says that practice makes ALMOST perfect. That is a more realistic expression.
The important value Kay learned was that she has to practice her drawing skills everyday or that she has to be consistent in developing her skills with constant practice. She had taken the advise by heart. Almost everyday from that day, she comes up with little, wonderful pieces of drawing. At present, finishing a work of art is so easy for her. It only takes a short while, as compared to others her age, to create a concept with her hands.
Kay also learned the value of work. Last school year, she earned a lot from the artworks her classmates had asked her to complete for them. She enjoyed drawing and at the same time she enjoyed the fact that she was already earning. How she treasures the Candy magazines she acquired from her earnings.
Kay also learned the value of healthy competition. When she was a smaller kid, she finds it difficult to accept defeat. Being stubborn, or a strong willed lady, she would always argue, she would always criticize, and she would grimace at the thought of loosing. As she grows to puberty, there was change. It was evident last year when she landed only second in a major art competition in her school. She accepted it calmly (though there were mild objections to the decisions of the judges) and told herself that there will be a next time.
For me, I support the desires of her heart – be it the inclination to arts or to any creative activity she wants herself to indulge in. After all, it is not the material gain she will get from it that would matter but the happiness and the fulfillment she would reap. If a person is happy and fulfilled, he/she will strive to better himself and be of value to any career he/she would decide to go into.
Kay is my daughter, the eldest of the two intelligent, healthy and happy kids I have. I am proud of her who had learned the wisdom that practice makes almost perfect. Well… mommies are always proud of their kids, aren’t they?
(This is a June 7, 2005 post that can also be found at Warmstone. Kay is now a graduate of BS Fine Arts major in Visual Communication from the University of the Philippines.)