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  • Listening to: The sound of three hands clapping
  • Reading: warning labels
  • Watching: Reruns of King Lear
  • Playing: more like "frolicking"
  • Eating: I only eat lunch twice a day
  • Drinking: Guava juice
So I was at the doctor's office yesterday, and this doctor always overbooks his appointments. So, to make use of the time, I brought my pad, paper, and sharpener, and worked up some sketches. True enough, he kept me waiting (I eventually left without seeing the guy because it was going to take an hour and a half....!)

While I was sketching in the waiting room, this mom comes in with her two young kids, I'm guessing, around 4 years old. They're obviously nice kids, but being in a doctor's office was upsetting to them, and so, they're carrying on, and the mom is trying her best to keep them from going nuclear.

This wasn't annoying me at all. I'm a dad. I have great empathy for kids, and frankly, I felt like whining at this point, too!

But I thought I could make the situation a little better for the mother and her banshees. So I put away my sketches, and drew a cartoon teddy bear. Then I told the mother that I'm a cartoonist, and that I drew something her kids might like. (I always ask permission).

So she looked at it, and warmly received it, and gave it to her kids, who instantly calmed down.
I realized that my friends on DA could each have done the same thing. Professional or not, you're all artists. And believe me, no one sitting in a doctor's waiting room draws nearly as well as you do. So, I pass this on to you. If a situation ever arises where you're somewhere, and a mother is at wits end, and her kids are showing her no mercy, then grab your pencil, and transform the moment.  

(I should also mention that when I was about five, my dad had a friend over to the house who was an old time animator. He drew me a picture, with long, energetic, loose lines. I still remember it vividly. It was a funny, cricket, and the sky had swirling, cartoony clouds, and a road that went back into the distance. Five years old, and I still remember it. Cartoons have something special about them...)
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MoonwalkingHorse Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww that's such a nice story!
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cepickeral Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is great! Thank you so much for sharing this experience and your memory! Very inspirational!
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Afiya-NumbuhNine Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's so nice!!! I bet the mom was relieved xD

I've always wanted to draw for kids at the Children's Hospital I go to. The power cartoons never ceases to surprise me :D
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Afiya-NumbuhNine Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoops lol *The power of cartoons
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TTSnim Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Having been in hospitals, waiting rooms, doctors offices and the like many, many times all through my life* and being the artsy type, I normally sat and drew for my self. In fact this is where my love of drawing was fostered.

Nothing to do and can't go any where? DRAW! Draw for hours. Draw for so, so many waiting hours.

It was my mom who usually needed some thing to distract her, (my younger brother could/still can be distracted for hours by the wooden building blocks they always have lying around, so we never worried about him... not like other families worry about the boy child anyway) so she and I eventually came up with the scribble game.**

One of us makes a short, simple scribble and hand it off to the other person. they then have to try and turn that scribble into a picture of some sort. Once the person is done making the picture they scribble and hand it back. When my brother gets involved all sorts of interesting and amazing drawings happen.

Maybe I have been lucky, though, because even as an adult I go to the pediatric office. The doctors there know me, know my ins and outs (Literally), and have all the experience to make them specialists. The doctors who specialize in adults won't take some one with life long "anatomical deviations" because it's to risky for them. Hence I have always been in a very colorful and stimulating waiting room environment. It helps to draw in colorful new places.


* I have two heads!


No I don't really, it's a heart thing, but I'm fine now... Thanks to the doctors! YAY DOCTORS!

**Others may play this game as well. I know it's a rather universal stage in the "We have pens, paper and to much time" line of eventual events, but we like to pretend we were clever.
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FJolliff Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's so cool! My mom was thinking of making little toys to cheer up kids like that and give their moms a break, but funds don't allow it and she doesn't get much time for crafting... I never thought about drawing for them! It's such an obvious thing that most people don't notice that its an option... XD Ah, the human condition, making things complicated... Your idea is so simple that it's genius!

I've been in this situation so many times... Even sketching while kids were screaming and carrying on until their mom just takes them away. I'll definitely give this a try, it might help the moms stop aging prematurely.
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nyan-naroto Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Wow! I'm going to try that! :D I take care of little kids at a gym (their parents work out, and I look after them) Some times play with them, xD I'll bring mys sketch book, and extra paper, crayons too :D Thanks for the idea!
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GlyphBellchime Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I get that all the time. Actually one time my bro and I calmed down a couple of kids at a sit-down restaurant by doing a play-by-play of "Bully for Bugs". It was fun. We acted like real baseball announcers too.

But it does seem to impress people when they see me draw. I get a lot "I can only draw a stick figure" or "I can't do that." I just tell them that I practice at it.

Still, that was very sweet of you at the doctors office.
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Brodwayanimeluver Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Well one time in the summer, one of the kids was getting sick, me feeling bad I decided to draw her favorite Disney Princesses, and the best part wads the stage manger singed the picture as Aladdin. She loved it! I felt better after words, so I can so relate and see wear your coming from Chris. ;)
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PeterSFay Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always had problems drawing in public because, well, it was public, and I always felt that someone would be watching me draw and say something. This story has inspired me greatly. Maybe now when I go see my doctors I should whip out a sketchpad and pencil instead of my iPhone. :D
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Psycho-Dragon-Girl Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Student Artist
I have yet to come across kids in a doctors office. I havn't seen a doctor in a long time, other family members have and I accompanied them but still no kids in sight. The funny thing is I always take some form of paper and something to draw with.

How long in total did you try to wait? I have sat in a doctors office for hours on end trying to keep myself entertained. Drawing lasts only so long in a doctors office before things get a little stifling.
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Espio-Chameleon Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
I absolutely agree! When I draw my stresses of the day just seem to fade away screaming. Then there's the satisfaction of seeing a piece come out well makes it even more fun. ^_^

Although I have never had an opportunity like yours, it's always a heart warming event when you can make someone happy. ^_^
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Scetch3409 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Thanks for the story and inspiration, Chris! We can always use it in the frantically stressful lives we live today; including more cartoons in our lives. Colors.... need more colors... and more time...:fear:
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butch68 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is great! Never had the situation to deal with, but I would do that for someone in a heart beat. It just makes you feel good inside when you do something like that.
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covert15 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
OH!!! This is so sweet!!! You are too kind! But I'm a little jealous of those kids, getting a drawing from Chris Hart. ehehehehe

I saw your title and thought this "Expect the unexpected and you will never be surprised." hehehe
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babytiara09 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
that was really nice of you C: and sure, I'll do it, when I come across a situation like that
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Tsuna-Draken Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's wonderful
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GwenCanDrawZat Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student General Artist
This is quite sweet, thank you for sharing this!! :D I will most certainly take it to heart and put it to use!! I almost always have my sketchbook with my bag full of pencils and erasers and honestly, I hope the chance comes!! :)
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lauren-dawn Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You are such a nice person.
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Last-Legend Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome story of the day Christ. cartoons always cheers me up and anyone else. doesn't matter how old you are. because Cartoons in any form is for everyone :D
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E-Ocasio Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013   Artist
I always take my drawing materials with me on doctor's appointments because of how long it takes. It soothes the nerves while waiting for many hours. And not just to doctor's appointments, but everywhere that I know it'll be sitting a few hours before my turn comes up.

I think I had a similar experience once, where kids saw what I was doing, in the end I gave them the drawing, I didn't mind.
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KyrieGlows89 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
That's a great idea!!! I am always for trying to help out and encourage others to keep them going and make them feel less stressed!!! ;-D
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AuroraStars Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
I have done something similar with my soon-to-be nephew. My fiance's sister was haveing a baby shower for her new addition to the family and her step-son, though was doing wonderful in a room full of excited women, was really getting bored. She stopped and pulled out some of his coloring books and crayons and asked him to color her something. Happily he started to do so for her, but quickly was discracted and bored. So I sat down next to him and asked if I could color with him. His face lit up and said we could take turns coloring Spiderman. I know it helpped her and my nephew out, but it also helped me. I'm very shy with my art (even just coloring lol) and I'm even shyer around children. But that moment made his day and he still asks me if I can come over and color with him. :heart:
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SuperLazyFro Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Two years ago, I was at the laundromat I saw this little girl around 10 years old. I was already drawing with my sister, but she was hovering around me.
I finally summon up some courage to say hello to her. She shut down, and it turn awkward pretty quickly. So, I went on to ask if she wanted me to draw her a
picture it took her a while to say yes. My sister left to put the clothes to dry and I quickly sketch out a boy she described to me. I ripped the page from my sketchbook and gave it to her, the girl skipped off and showed her parents. They all smiled and wave at me before they left.
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OwlsomeArts Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, that's so kind of you :aww:
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Hawkheart29 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How sweet of you!
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gauveldt Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Not just Moms with unhappy kids.
Any time a drawing might cheer someone up is a good time.
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MayaLynch Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
[link] This is something that I feel really proud of
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kik805 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad that there are people like you Mr. Hart
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serget2 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
I always drew on the train to my old job, pretty tough job with a train moving on the track, todays trains are comfortable enough but when you're drawing (especially details) the slightest hickup is felt through your pencil.
Well I drew like no one was watching, just doing my thing, and eventually I became used to the tremors and became better at drawing. It was then that I decided to buy a sketchbook an draw my sons favorite cartoons from lightning Mq queen to Frank Sullivan to Megamind etc...
So one day on the train to Antwerp there was a Disney on Ice show, so two grandparents and their grandchild get on the train, this train ride was also very long and so they allowed their grandson to walk around a bit because he was very excited, first train ride, Disney on Ice etc... so he was very energetic much to the annoyance of more serious, childless (I guess) people. So suddenly he drops his eye on me and he sees me drawing, since the spot next to me was vacant he sat next to me very quietly and watched me draw. I looked at the grandparents and we exchanged understanding looks giving me permission to talk to him. So I asked if he liked my drawing and if he drew himself in school to break the Ice a bit. Then I gave him the book to look at all the drawings I made, I asked which one was his favorite, he chose a couple, couldn't quite make his mind up, so I ripped out the pages he liked and handed them to him. The smile on that kids face was totally worthet.
And to top things off the conductor appeared and asked the boy to wear her hat and punch the tickets, this kid was havin' a dream day.
As for the sketches I missed, I just drew them again, knowing my son would smile like that kid, just gave me more energy. As a result my son took this book to school and showed it to everyone making me his hero, the cool dad that can draw, that feeling is priceless.
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Christopher-Hart Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wonderful story. I bet you that kid remembers that day always.
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serget2 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
I'd probably loose that bet, so no thanks :-)
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WhiteKitsuneKnight Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That was awfully sweet of you. Good job! ;)
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HayashiSorano Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's really cool, dude :3 I'll keep that in mind for the next time I'm in a waiting room~
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MattsyKun Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You are a Gourdmans. :D

But seriously, I've done this at my old job before. I had sketched a picture of a fox before because there were no customers (and it was before the time my boss would send us to the back and stock for standing around). This little kid and her mother came up, and the kid looked kinda down. THen, while I was scanning stuff, she noticed the picture of the fox and went "that's a fox!" so I gave it to her. Brightened her day and mine.

Things like this make me miss my old job. X3
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MyrnaMaeve Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sir yes sir! *mock salutes*
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Christopher-Hart Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
At ease, solidier.
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MyrnaMaeve Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
'Kay~! ^w^
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MiluluMangos Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I couldn't help but smile at this. At my age, I always questioned myself about what I could do to help others out. Now I know to bring pen and paper with me more often so I can help out somebody with hyper kids. :)
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Christopher-Hart Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Good deal. I'm sure there are many ways your art will come into play to give someone a happy moment.
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MiluluMangos Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah! :)
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drhugo Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
I remember a friend once brought his 6 year old daughter to a meeting, but she would not sit quietly. So I drew some animals on some post-its and handed them to her. She calm right down.
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Christopher-Hart Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
That was nice of you.
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ZaXo-KenIchi Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice story! It makes me wish I could do something so nice. Unfortunately, I'm the worst at sketching; that's why I went digital. Otherwise everything I draw would have the worst half-erased lines all over them.

I just don't know how to be that loose while drawing, lol.
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Christopher-Hart Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
So, instead of paper and a sketchpad, bring your iPad, and draw or color digitally. That was have entranced me as a kid!
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ZaXo-KenIchi Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Lol, iPad. I wish XD
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kempogirl007 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student General Artist
oh yea i know that feeling, i remember drawing a dinosaur for a kid once. the look on his face was priceless :)
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Christopher-Hart Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Isn't that funny, how it works? You're trying to give them some memories, and yet, it creates great memories for you, too. That idea of getting by giving really works.
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KatSestoArt Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww!! This was a great story to start my day! :)
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Christopher-Hart Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh, to your other question my profile page: I'm not sure when the next contest will be, but it won't be too long....
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