I was doing face painting.
Preschoolers around age 3–5 were coming over and asking for…
A Butterfly, said the first little girl. She’d been a butterfly before, so she asked for what she knew.
A Bunny, said a little girl, who saw the pictures on my table (example face-painting pictures of bunnies and Easter eggs).
Then several little boys came over and asked to be a Bunny. I painted them exactly the same as the picture – pink and white ears, black whiskers, pink nose.
Then another volunteer sat down next to me, offering to help with the face painting, because the queue of kids was growing.
A Bunny, said a little boy. The other volunteer painted the pink parts of the bunny in blue, instead.
A Tiger, said a little boy who was in front of me. He’d been a tiger before, so he asked for what he knew.
The next few boys who came over wanted to be Tigers.
A boy wanted to be a Cheetah.
A girl wanted to be a Cheetah.
A boy sat down in front of the other volunteer and he didn’t know what to choose. She suggested a tiger, painted his face, and said, “Oh, you look so aggressive!”
It all starts here, baby.