"What do you want to be when you grow up?"
Adults love to ask kids this question, do they not? I remember three distinct phases of my childhood during which I answered the question in telling ways.
Interestingly, I've explored each avenue in my adult years, and looking back, I'm left amazed at how telling my childish ambitions really were.
I loved creating from an early age. I would beg my parents to take me to Michael's each summer so that I could stock up craft supplies. Every gift I gave was handmade. And of course, the cards—all homemade on toothy construction paper and marked with a barcode, price, and my signature "Cory and Co." trademark.
The writing for Four Hats Press was on the wall even in the early nineties.
With that, I recently had the opportunity to print some stationery for a start-up multiracial classical Christian school here in Chicago. The headmaster and his wife are close friends and over the last two years, it's been a real joy to watch their idea transform into a full-blown reality.
This fall, The Field School opened its doors to a diverse group of over 40 kids from all over the Chicago area, offering them a warm, hospitable, Christ-centered and rigorous learning environment.
I've been thinking about these precious little learners and the world that is opening up to them through education. No doubt, they'll be exposed to more of the world's brokenness as they grow, but through the thoughtful care of teachers and staff, they'll also be exposed to beauty and lasting truth.
Starting today, I'll be donating 5% of every sale to the art program at The Field School, as a small way of partnering with them to give kids a chance to cultivate their creativity. May it will serve them well as they make their way in the world.