Well, this one certainly is! I've been looking for this picture among all my "stuff" for quite a while. Came across it yesterday.
(The little square bottom right is not part of the picture. It is an award sticker.)
It was painted by a seventh grade boy who had been in our school for about 6 months.
When I asked Martin (not his real name), what his painting meant, he said, "This is what I felt like in my other school. I am the triangle in the middle".
Martin, was academically very bright. He had a great sense of humor and was well-liked by the other students. He did not have a resentful or rebellious attitude. I'm not saying he didn't ever get into trouble for he was definitely normal. Except for one thing. He was skinny, somewhat small in stature, wore quite thick glasses and always got good grades. He definitely had the look of a nerd or geek. Because of this he became the brunt of bullies in his previous school. Yes, bullying was just as prevalent 15 - 20 years ago. Because we were a small school, we could keep track of our students more easily and simply did not allow bullying. One thing that helped was that we knew every student by name.
Ours was a private Christian school, small by choice and definitely not a school for the elite. We wanted to have a place for students who just couldn't handle the rough and tumble of the large schools in our area. We didn't take children who were discipline problems and only those with academic problems who might blossom with more one-on-one attention. This was before home schooling became popular.
It was hard financially, to run a small school like this. Sometimes I didn't take a salary and my teachers certainly didn't get paid what they were worth. But Martin's painting made it all worth while.
He wasn't the only one. Sometime soon I'll tell you about a couple of other students who made it worthwhile.
Martin graduated from high school and joined the navy. He married his high school sweetheart whom he met at our school.