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Monday, March 19, 2012
Pencils, Paper and Pixie Dust
Pencils, Paper and Pixie Dust
I want to re-share this personal story. I’ve
shared before about how my husband had an accident and was declared brain dead. The
accident happened 14 years ago January 31st. I’m going to focus on
what helped him recover from the brain damage he suffered. It is another part
of Disney Magic that we have at home and yet another way the magic of Disney
has touched our lives.
Scott had been accidently electrocuted and was in
full arrest (no heartbeat or breathing on his own) for 45 minutes. He had been
in a coma for 36 hours and when they took him off life support to let him die
he woke up instead. This was a great shock to the medical staff! Six days after
the accident he was released from the hospital. Thirty days after the accident
he was back working at his regular job. He was physically weak but able to do
Before Scott was released from the hospital the
doctors told me I needed to find a creative outlet for Scott. He needed
something to work his hands and help his brain regain fine motor control of his
hands. He needed something that would be enjoyable for him to do so he would
joyfully participate. Now Scott had always done woodworking, but that was not a
good option. He still did not have enough hand control to safely use power
tools, and he did not have the physical strength or energy to return to
woodcraft. Poetry and short stories were always things he did and still does
but with the injury words sometimes escaped him, were clumsy and totally
frustrating to him. So word craft would not work and it did nothing for the
physical side of the rehab he needed. Writing would not work the fine motor
control he needed so badly.
Scott had always dreamed of learning to draw. He
had tried many times before and even his stick figures were uninteresting. In
fact it is kind to say his drawings were not as good as kindergarteners’ crayon
in clenched fist first attempts at art. (His words not mine! Don’t be mad at me
or think I’m unkind. LOL) I kind of half joked with the doctors and physical
therapists about getting him drawing supplies. They did not think it funny.
They thought it was inspired! So off I went and got him a set of good pencils
and a quality sketch pad. I also picked up a book on the line of Drawing for
When I gave Scott the supplies his response,
“What should I draw?” Scott loves the human form and thinks the feminine form
is the most beautiful of God’s creation. He was a long way away from drawing
the human form. I had grabbed some Disney coloring books along with Drawing for
Dummies. This turned out to be inspired (or guided by God) thing to do. He
loves Tinker Bell and Ariel and these are what I had picked up. He used the
coloring books as places to get ideas and as a thing to work at hand copying.
Now he draws them along with other Disney characters, he also loves to draw
fairies and mermaids of his own making. Within a few months his pictures were
very respectable and he became even more excited about drawing. I also started
to draw as something we could do together. Our daughter also joined in the fun and
By Scott Hoagland
When we go to Disneyland we often bring drawing
pads and pencils and usually take some time to sit and draw while waiting for a
show or ride. Sometimes we attempt to draw the buildings and such around the
park and sometimes we pull out one of our coloring books, or pick up a new one
at the park for reverence and draw a character. Sometimes we will stop in at
one of places at the Disneyland Resort where they have artists drawing Disney
Characters. We stop and talk to the CM doing the drawing and share what we have
done. We ask them how to improve our drawing. They always encourage us to keep
developing our skill.
Sometimes, while sitting and drawing other guests
will come over to watch us draw. Within a couple of months of the accident we
were taking a break sitting at the Corner Café and drawing. A guest came over
and asked to purchase one of Scott’s drawings! People still occasional ask if
we work for Disney or if we sell our drawings. We say no to both questions. Our
drawings are for ourselves or done as gifts. To sell them would be a copyright
infringement but giving them as gifts is totally acceptable. We find it helps
us stop and relax when the park starts to get too overwhelming.
By Scott Hoagland
Learning how to draw helped my
husband regain most of the fine motor control he lost in his hands from the accident.
It also helped rebuild his self-confidence. It reminds him even with some minor
brain and nerve damage he can still learn and grow. Drawing Disney characters
allows him to do something Disney at home when we are away from the parks.
Scott and I don’t get the time
to draw as much as we would like to but it is still something we enjoy and we
hope to do more of soon. Once again Disney Magic and Pixie Dust had given
encouragement that lead to healing and joy.