Gratitude for Lunch Napkins

One of the many things I’m grateful for this year is my little boy + the gifts of imagination + inspiration he gives me with his ideas to draw a unique napkin for his lunch each day. He makes it seem so easy to reinvent such a simple + valuable exercise to consistently iterate + innovate using a limited set of materials + parameters.

He shares his ideas so freely, too, it’s impossible not to be inspired by the power of a child’s collaboration + how he teaches me every day that teams work best when each member brings something, even something seemingly small, to the table. I’ll share just a few of these:

A big, smokey explosion with stuff flying everywhere that says BOOM, drawn on a white napkin with a black marker.
“Daddy, today will you please draw an explosion for me? A smokey one with stuff flying everywhere that goes BOOM?”
A dandelion with seeds being blown into the wind, drawn on a white napkin with blue marker.
And, “Will you please draw a blue dandelion with some seeds blowing away in the wind, daddy?”
A chicken dressed up like a pumpkin drawn in black marker on an orange napkin.
“Daddy, how about a chicken dressed up like a pumpkin for Halloween?”
A rocketship drawn on a white napkin with fire coming out of the engine and you can see the Earth.
“Daddy, will you please draw a rocket ship for me? With fire coming out of the engine + you can see the Earth?”
A giant squid drawn on a white napkin with a black marker.
“Daddy, today will you please draw a giant squid that’s white? Just by itself, daddy!”
A black bomb drawn on a white napkin with a red, yellow and orange lit wick.
“Daddy, would you please draw a bomb for me? Because I think you’re the bomb, daddy!”

And, I’m especially in love with the moments when he challenges me to draw things that are way outside my comfort zone with ideas from the imaginations of great artists who’ve inspired us all:

Charles Schulz' Woodstock. His yellow head and shoulders drawn on a white napkin.
“Daddy, will you please draw Woodstock for me today?”

This is all just to say that it’s often such seemingly little things in the unsuspected parts of life that can inspire us all to do great things in our work, play + in everything we do. How we do anything is typically how we do everything.

So, thank you, to my sweet boy, for consistently giving me the gift of inspiration + collaboration that powers so many other parts of my life. No small thing.

Meanwhile, ’tis the season to wish everyone Happy Holidays + a Happy New Year!