Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Do you own something I can sell?

My mother can sketch a good picture. I can scratch out slightly above average images. My oldest son and daughter seem to have the artistic nack as well. Creative artistry apparently runs in my family. But, recently someone took the initiative to declare my children's art above average. In fact, a significant label was attached that sets it higher than above average. When your artwork is worthy of someone else exchanging money for it, you've reached the rank of Professional.

Recently my children brought home some artwork that was re manufactured in to a magnet. Wonderful stuff. My son sketched a very colorful bird. My daughter gave her impression of our family pet (the fat cat) when he is happy and playful. I was delighted.

Where do magnets go of this caliber? On the refrigerator of course. On my approach to the fridge my wife suddenly stopped me and told me I had to pay for the artwork. $5.50 per magnet. If I didn't want to pay I had to return the artwork by Monday.

What? Who says?

The parent group for the school my children attend had the children create this great artwork to be re manufactured into anything saleable like magnets, t-shirts, coffee mugs, etc. A fund raiser. If I didn't want to buy an item I wouldn't see the original art work. I guess my children gave up their right to it when they agreed to participate.

Can this be true? My children are now professional artists. At least thats what someone else thinks. But where does the money go? What is my children's take? Where is the contract? Do my children understand they sold out? Does our family get a tax break?

Of course I am not serious. I understand it is a fund raiser for a good cause. I don't get it though. I want the original artwork. I don't want to be manipulated into paying for my children's artwork. I also don't want someone else paying for it.

This fund raising approach seems to have violated many principles. There is something not right about it. Do you understand what I am saying? Can you hear me?


Carla said...

We either buy it and hang it up feeling as though we have somehow been "taken" or be meanies and tell our kids return their artwork to school cause Mommy and Daddy do not want to buy them.
I am glad to be doing this with you, Patrick!

ron said...

As the song says "It's the end of the world as we know it!"

So this is the type of thing I get to look forward to. The left side of my brain tells me I'll return the magnet with a little note telling the "directors" of this project what I think of their scheme, but the right side says I'll fork over the $5.50 and put in in the "I'm annoyed, but look at the cool magnet with my kids drawing" category.

The problem is I've never been able to figure out if I'm left or right brain dominant.

erin said...

I can hear you, Pat, but I'll take one of each. Where should I send the check?

erin said...

Or do they take checks? Visa?

kristi noser said...

I think if you have to pay that much for a magnet, they should be on a wall in a gift shop in Times Square.
I also thing the school has sunk to a new low of "fundraising". What's next? making us pay for field tr...oh wait. How about sports equip...hmmmm. Nevermind.
Here's a haiku:

Homeschooling is a
great way to save some money
but you lose your mind.

I guess I'll fork out the dough.

Brandy Dopkins said...

That was really good. You should sell your Haiku on a magnet.