What if someone slapped a big sheet of paper on the wall, gave you a handful of markers and told you to draw your day? What would you draw?
If you think the drawings created by a conference of county clerks from all over North Carolina would be simple, boring and one-dimensional you’d be wrong.
When I presented them with the art/work challenge in a two-day conference last week they drew everything from the fires of Hell to blood spurting from hearts to county commissioners wearing crowns and…ahem…unmentionable body parts.
In three words they were…off…the…chain!
Thirty-eight women and two men had some incredibly creative images of what their workdays look like.
A lot of these folks are the people you meet when you go to a county commissioners’ meeting, or file papers with a local or county municipality or have a question about how to register a complaint.
When people have an issue with their local government these folks are often the front line citizens encounter. I can’t imagine the patience it takes.
While I might have been the person leading the educational activities here’s what I learned: We might question the sanity of a lot of the politicians who represent us the people I met were smart, professional and doing their best to make sure we get treated fairly within the law.
However, don’t be a jerk or they’ll draw a picture of you…and it won’t be flattering.