AS SHE STARTS her second year of primary school, five year old Mia has room for two more artists' pencils. That's because four of the pencils have been used more than any others during the past three years.
Mia commandeered my Derwent artists' pencils at the age of two, when she first learned how to colour. She prefers all shades of pink, as seen in the photo. And because of that preference, we have a fresh pink pencil commanding a major presence in the pencil case.
One other welcome addition to this years' book bag is Mia's personal pencil sharpener. The lucky girl earned two different sharpeners from friends in Limerick. She wants to blog "thanks" to Donnacha Hurley and to John Kennedy. Both saw her distraught face when she couldn't sharpen a broken nib while she drew a house outside the Absolute Bar & Grill. The sharpeners are brilliant because she can hold and twist her hands and sharpen her artwork by herself.
[Mia starts her first day as a Senior Infant today.]