Before this weekend, I had all of my photo greeting cards on my refrigerator. It was so pleasant to see friends and family as I worked. I cleared most of them off and put them away. I usually save these. They are just too good to let go. As I was rearranging the new lean look of the frig, I thought of all of the refrigerator art that had been on our doors.
Once when I was in college visiting a family off campus, I noticed the designs by a very small boy hanging on the doors there in their kitchen with little magnets holding them. I wanted children so much, even then, and I thought, "I wonder if these people know how lucky they are to have such precious artwork on view." Many years later, I had my own little hand made wonders sticking out for all to see. There was the famous red hand waving to a blue figure. What was that you say? Why, it was Ronald Reagan waving to Jesus, of course. Then there was the airplane with one wing up top and one below. The one below had funny sticks coming from the wing. That was because it flew too near the cactus on the ground and some got stuck on the plane. Then there was the family of five drawn so that three of the people had bright red hair, sticking straight out. On each of the hands were five fingers of various lengths. These pictures I still treasure.
In the old days, you had to have these hard plastic magnets with heavy bases to hold things on. Sometimes the plastic fell off and then they didn't look nice. At times, the weight caused the whole thing to drop. Now, we have all of those wonderful flat advertising magnets to hold up our treasures. The bigger and the flatter they are the better. I like the little houses from building companies, the tooth from the dentist, the book from the library. A few of these can hold almost anything.
I'm in between and have no art coming from children anymore, but my grandson has discovered crayons and he loves to scribble, that is, color on his sheet of butcher paper. So, very soon, I will again have the best designs again gracing my kitchen in the form or refrigerator art.