They nicknamed me “The Beast” which I took as a compliment. The line to have your face painted by The Beast lingered peeking around each other’s shoulders.
After our intense work on our theme “Claim It!” and painting the shed out back, it was nice to have a goofy day together. I like these kids and I will take the nickname as a sign they just may like me too.
We could have talked about masks. The art historical context of masks, the metaphorical weight beneath a mask, or the characters in literature and theater who have worn masks. All that was for another day. This day was simply for laughter and apparently, a few tears.