"I walk around the school hallways and look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they're here. If they like their jobs. Or us. And I wonder how smart they were when they were fifteen. Not in a mean way. In a curious way. It's like looking at all the students and wondering who's had their heart broken that day, and how they are able to cope with having three quizzes and a book report due on top of that. Or wondering who did the heart breaking. And wondering why." ~ Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Heartbroken - pastel painting on Mi-teintes pastel paper

“Heartbroken” 9″ x 12″ Pan pastels and Faber Castell pastel pencils on Canson Mi-Teintes paper.

High school years are difficult for some teens.  So much change to deal with and not that much confidence to navigate all the twists and turns and challenges that are thrown at them.

Sure there are guidance counsellors and teachers, and certainly there are friends and parents.

Still so many teens face their fears for the future, their doubts in themselves all on their own thinking that they are alone with these feelings.

The portrait “Heartbroken” attempts to show the young girl who lacks self-confidence.  She withdraws a little more each day until someone reaches out and listens to her.

Really listens.

Then and only then might she begin to flourish.

6 Responses

  • So true, I know our daughter who is a Secondary school teacher has an extraordinary number of students who are having life challenges. Have to add Louise that this girl comes across as more than a painting, so realistic, well done ????

  • This is true , we have to put ourselves in others shoes instead of judging . We never know what people are going through , everyone has good days & bad days . Thanks for sharing Louise , I like the way you think & very considerate teacher .

    • Yes, Fran…when I was teaching, I tried to remember what it was like for me in high school…it isn’t an easy time for most people I would think. Some students had such unimaginable hardship in their lives…heartbreaking for the teacher too to know about the struggles they faced, sometimes pretty much alone!

  • Lovely Louise. The emotion is there. I guess the same can be said at any age. Walking and wandering how everyone days and lifes are doing. Student of life…

    • Very true! So many people in our lives as a teacher…and so many heartaches…especially in high school! Merci d’avoir laissé ce commentaire!

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