BY: Michelle Liew
As the world is embroiled in a pandemic, the domino effect of it includes a lot of changes and affects the struggling working tremendously.
While vaccines are being rolled out and lockdowns are still being put in place globally, it gives us time to reflect on ourselves.
A five-year-old girl in Scotland is doing all she can to bring positivity to her neighbourhood by drawing colourful messages of hope on her family’s garage door during lockdown.
Mother-of-two Christine Hilditch has been letting her daughter Eilidh turn their back glossy garage door into her latest art project. As Eilidh is at the age where she discovers her artistic side, her parents are anything but discouraging in letting her explore capabilities during lockdown.
Twice a week since April 2020, Eilidh has let her imagination run wild. She has covered the space with mermaids, dolphins, Spiderman, and dinosaurs. Recently, she has even illustrated a rainbow, flowers, and the word ‘Hope’.
An artist herself, Christine provides Eilidh with a little stool so that she can reach higher to complete her artwork.
Many passers-by have stopped to admire her lovely artwork and Eilidh has even attracted her own fan club, with some leaving boxes of chocolates on their doorstep.
“Whatever comes into her head she does… It could be quite random, one week we had a fairy-tale as she had been learning about them at school so there was a fairy godmother and it began ‘Once upon a time’ and ended ‘Happily ever after’,” says Christine.
“She did poppies for Remembrance Day, and one for Valentines’ Day. It depends on what is happening around her.”
Christine makes chalk from scratch for Eilidh using plaster of Paris, food colouring, poster paint, and flour. “She is just drawing outside to make people happy.”
An even more impressive fact is that Eilidh became ambidextrous due to her will to continue drawing!
“She was learning how to draw with her left hand, she just wanted to keep going. She was going into P1 [first grade] so she was really anxious about not being able to do stuff. Now she can write with her left hand as well as her right.”
We hope everyone is finding their glimpse of positivity during this lockdown.