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Inspiring places: 

The Emergency Room!


No, we're not kidding! Actually, a kid was involved - one whom Jaywalker found completely inspiring...


     Back in late January, the Jaywalker crew took a visit to the Kingston General Hospital's emergency room. In the waiting area, dozens of bleak faces painted a dismal picture of Munch proportions.

     Time would inevitably drag by, and the stinging smell of disinfectant brought back a string of memories best hidden under a blanket of dust. The view from emerge' can be top-flight, though it was hard to tell with the blinds drawn.

     Seating ourselves nearest the water as possible, we found four faces quite unfit for the draining spirit of the room: a nine-year-old boy named Randy, his mother, his mother's mother, and, naturally, his mother's mother's mother.

     This was not exactly the normal experience of a waiting room. We had found ourselves plenty of pleasant entertainment, while around us lay a sea of despair. Most had headaches or other typical emergency-room fare. Everyone had something to complain about.

     But not Randy. He was just totally interested in everything around him. He communicated himself exceptionally well, I thought...

     During lulls, I entertained myself by looking over the Dasani water machine, and trying to find recognizable shapes among the otherwise random figures. One looked like a singing baby, if you used your imagination.

     The engaging conversation carried us well, weaving aimlessly through the day.

 Randy made it very clear by his meticulous thoughts that he may be gifted. He eventually caught up with me with fixed gazes on the Dasani machine, and asked what I was doing.

     I told him of my time-passing imagination game, and how I was looking for a certain image that I found, then lost. I hadn't mentioned the singing baby.

     In moments, he pointed straight at the singing baby, even mimicking it precisely as I'd seen it on the machine. This was clearly no coincidence.

     I'd asked if he was an artist, and sure enough, he was. In fact, he had the coloured pencils and paper right with him. "You want me to draw you a picture?" he asked. Of course I did. Then I was called into the ward.

     I didn't see him again that night. But Krista appeared on the ward carrying a drawing of me in the waiting room. Randy had told her that he really needed to work on drawing ears better. He wanted to learn. Randy loves his art.

      Long story short, we decided to push our plans way ahead, and start building the "Garden" immediately. The Garden is a bursary-like thingy, but based primarily on one's obvious love of art. We will find a fitting candidate, then do whatever is necessary to give them a little encouraging nudge. We hope for others to do this as well.

     I knew right away where to send Randy. The Kingston School of Art's teacher Debbie Doogan. She was into it, Randy's Mom approved and would ensure his transport. We at Jaywalker just had to raise the money.

     Then the school told me about PRO Kids, a city-run program whom might chip in some of the $110 needed for his first course in April. Well, one thing led to another, and between the three of us, we're putting Randy into art school.


     Pretty cool, eh...? Welcome to the Garden.



Kingston School of Art

P.R.O. Kids


Here's the picture Randy drew...


Drawing of our publisher in a wheelchair.

"Portrait of a Broken Publisher" by Randy, Colouring pencil on paper, 2003;


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