Friday, August 22, 2008

IF - Routine



Next week, it's back to the old routine -- waking extra early to walk the dog, getting the kids to school, music lessons, homework....sigh. I shouldn't complain, though. We live a pretty privileged life compared to the kids in one Colombian village. They live in an area so remote that the children have to travel to school on a zip line over a deep chasm. It's a harrowing routine, but even the young children are accustomed to it.



That is only one remote jungle village, however. Much of Colombia is breathtakingly gorgeous and full of history, festivities, and culture. Thanks, Edrian, for the following video:



Have a wonderful week!

56 comments:

esque said...

Great illo! I love the pillows for a soft landing!

Zip-linings fun, but I don't think I could do it everyday!

Juan said...

Great post and great illustration Bella!

Edrian Thomidis said...

I love the sweet softness of your illustrations. The pillows are certainly a nice touch, and the kids look SO HAPPY!

I am more settled into the new school routine. The chart did help a lot. If you find any good use out of it, you are welcome to used it! :)

What a chilling video about what some children have to endure. I am Colombian, and it saddens me to see that children have to go through this kind of danger only to get an education!
I wouldn't want you to have only this image of my country. I wanted to share a slightly different video about Colombia, I hope you enjoy it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyFXVslYYzI

NANCY LEFKO said...

your illustration is wonderful...

and that video !! wow !!! And to think I worried about my kids on the school bus....I think I'd be forced to home school if they needed to get to school on a rope over a chasm....amazing. And yet, I'll bet these kid take it all in stride. Thanks for sharing and educating me :)

Karin said...

What a lovely picture! I love the bird that is looking down "whatta...?".

isay said...

'interesting to know about this, ...i get worried for this esp. when the weather is bad...

i really like your illustration, you made the situation lighter to bear.

Vickie said...

Nice drawing. Thanks for your kind comments on my blog.

Bobo Cat said...

Beautiful work, very thoughtful post. I love the happy faces of the kids!

studio lolo said...

wow...quite an experience coming here today! Thank you :)

Asja said...

your illustration is beautiful!

Flying Colors said...

This is fun in your illo, something of dreams and comaraderie, great for school starting... but I was puzzled by the pillows!
Then saw the clip and have not stop thinking about it, what anxiety! ...being from next door, Venezuela.
The drawing is fabulous, just wish it wasn't real for Daisy's sake... brave child!

travelandsing.com said...

I loved so much reading this story - and I LOVE this picture - WOW! Incredibly sweet and fun - just beautiful!

Peter Breese said...

Facinating, you learn something new every day. Nice drawing! and good IF!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

AWESOME Bella! WEEEEEEEEEEEE! I would just love to do that. The pillow landing is a hoot! Very wonderful illustration. I really like it! Okay going back to watch your videos. Email you again in a little bit!
V

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Vanessa again,
I was very moved by the video clip of the children. Here some of our children have it all. Car pools, school buses and roads and bridges and half the time they don't even want to take the short walk to school. My heart really was touched. This makes me want to do my very best all the time teach my daughter the same. What someone else will do to get the education that they desire is just amazing and beyond mere words. Thanks for sharing this.
V

Ces said...

Hello Bella,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment. Enjoyed looking through your images. I am not sure about this one though since I have a fear of heights. :)

GRAZIELLA MATTAR said...

Hi Bella! Thanks for your comment! Great illo! ;)

aimee said...

love it! what a great drawing and thoughtful post!

finchstudio said...

Hi Bella! I love your interpretation of this - especially as I am a high flyer myself, loving the zip line. It's making me want to slip into my harness and get out onto the ropes!

xx finch :: http://finchstudio.com

Tracy said...

WOW! What a video! Those kiddoes are brave. I read about the zip-lines out of Time for Kids to my Kindergarten class last year...of course they all thought it was AWESOME! Love your illustration...much happier looking :)

ValGalArt said...

I love your inspiration for this theme and the videos are amazing! Thanks Bella your drawing is darling :)

Ces said...

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Dot said...

what a cool story and a cute illo! the kids' expressions are great..

thanks for your nice comments on mine, too!
dot

Teri C said...

Great illo! And wow to how they live.

Sara said...

Happy illo! I like more your dreamy version of the situation than the real from the video :-S

Althought, they always can clame at the school "my homeworks fell down during the zip-lining". It sounds a lot fancier than "the dog ate them".

Katie said...

Now, that's a great routine. Very wonderful. Wish I could be a kid again for just one dayl

sketched out said...

What an adorable drawing. Those wee children look like they're really enjoying themselves and have a soft landing waiting for them.

I have to say though, my heart was in my throat watching that video. Holy cow!!!

SENTA said...

Oh bless their hearts, being afraid of heights, I can not imagine how they do that every day! But you managed to make it look like a fun and magical thing in your beautiful drawing...nice work!

SCOTT BURROUGHS said...

Totally appealing illo! Thanks for your comments...

dani torrent said...

Hi,
I love all of your bog. I think you have a speciall sentitivity. Congratulations

Ellen Byrne said...

Oh, what fun this is! Bravo!

info said...

I hope there is more on the other side of the pillow. If it were me, I would totally miss the pillow when I jumped off. Cure concept.

imwithsully said...

What a cute illustration!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

I love you too girly!

nina seven said...

lovely drawing and an amazing story to go with it!

Sandra said...

Wow! What a way to ge to school, I suppose just 'routine' to them. This is a great illustration, full of life.
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Heather said...

I really like the way you interpreted the story. The expression on the kids' faces show how they think of this as a normal, if adventurous way to get to school.

nancy said...

Cute and funny take on a rather serius matter. Love the softness of the drawing, too.

Valerie said...

oh my! Unbelievable! Thanks for sharing that story and for creating a wonderful illo inspired by it. Oh and thanks for your sweet comment on my blog ^_^

Mônica said...

Oh, Bella, what an adorable illustration. The look of glee on the little kids' faces says it all. And I love the details, the little squirrel, the pillows, just lovely!

enigma said...

it really open your eyes isnt it? great illo bella!

Shugar said...

Oh golly, that was certainly an eye-opener!
Fabulous illo! The kids sure dun look one bit afraid :) and the pillow soft landing u drew sure beats that big ol' tire they got!

kathy hare said...

a lovely drawing Bella and a very interesting video clip, most of our lives are so 'safe' we find things like this shocking, but when 'needs must' we have to adapt don't we.. I admire the childrens bravery.

Faruffa said...

This is incredible and your illo is wonderful!!!

Connie said...

What a wonderful posting this week! And I love the pillows for landing in your illustration.

SaiSai said...

Wow, what an amazing story! Sort of makes the old "walked three miles to school in snow.." story seem a little weak. And I love the way you illustrated it. Thanks for the comments on my site! I appreciate the encouragement.

Chris said...

Awesome illustration, as always! The looks on the kids' faces are as they should be: happy excitement. Great shading and details. I especially like the bird who's looking down at the cable-riding kids.

The first video, although eye-opening and cool, painted the cable ride as a bit more terrifying than I'd think it to be. Looks like the coolest mode of daily transport ever.

Shannon Melville said...

this is very fun too, looks like it would be a bit scary though

Angela said...

What an amazing story!!
Your illustration is so fun and full of life! Thanks so much for including the video.

Chickengirl said...

oh I think kids would love going to school if it was on a zip line! The pillows for a soft landing is a nice touch :-)

Bolila said...

School is a great source of imagination. when we stroll throw the classes dreamming.

Auki said...

What a darling illustration. Looks like fun!

soulbrush said...

oh how delightful....yes i am back at school again with 52 new nursery children in my care!
am gonna add you to my list of favourites as i really like your blog!

Reg said...

ooooh, that's such a precious, fun illustration! the kids look like they're really having fun! i love this! :)

platitudinal said...

Bella, only you can make a "mundane" routine of going to school so charming and magical :)

PotatoMamma said...

this illo with the "flying" kids is awesome. Makes me want to be a kid again!