King's Home House Mom, Chrissy shares her love for art therapy and the impact it has had on the 8 teenage girls seeking refuge in her home.
"If someone would have told me two years ago that I was going to do a painting of my life, I would have laughed in their face. Being at King’s Home has really surprised me in bad but mostly good ways. This painting makes me proud. I never would have thought that I could turn all my hurt and pain into something as beautiful as this. The items I’ve used are very strange and interesting, but each have a place."
The Color Purple's Attic
The above masterpiece was created by one of our 16-year-old King's Home daughters. Below is a small excerpt of the contents of her attic and the meaning behind the items she chose.
The plastic represents how many times in life I’ve tried to do something and failed. I remember the feeling I felt when the canvases for our paintings were handed out. I was the only one that got a canvas that still had the plastic on it. I struggled trying to get it off, but I kept trying and finally got it done. My house mom said to me, “there must be a reason yours still has the plastic on it, a message just for you”. I thought about what she said while I was trying so many times to get it off. That’s why I used it in my painting. It did mean something. When I finally finished my painting, I remembered how many times in my life I had failed trying to do things, but this time I didn’t fail, I didn’t quit because it was hard. I pushed myself and got through the struggle and now I have a painting that I am so proud of. I did it, I didn’t quit.
The rat represents my life when I was ten years old. My family and I had to move to the projects. The apartment only had two bedrooms and there were four other kids plus me. I didn’t have any other choice, so I had to sleep on the floor. One night when I was being abused, I felt frozen and was just staring when a rat ran across the floor. I know it sounds crazy, but that rat gave me hope. If that rat could survive I could too. I have never been a big animal lover, but that night I found hope in one.
The watch represents how time never mattered to anyone.
The feathers represent the abuse I went through.
The earrings represent a person in my life that hurt me.
The rope represents something very significant to me. In my early teens, I attempted suicide multiple times in many ways. On one of my birthdays, I attempted to hang myself. I didn’t succeed but that night changed my life it led me down the wrong path. It also led to something good. I am now sixteen sitting in a place where I would have never dreamed of coming. All the hurt and pain molded me into who I am today. This is my fresh start. This is my chance, a once in a lifetime opportunity to inspire just one person. To give them hope that it’s possible to take something bad and make it into something incredible. I did and so can you.
When you support King's Home you empower moms like Chrissy to pour into kids like "The Color Purple" healing from abuse, neglect, homelessness, and other horrific conditions. More importantly, your support tells the youth, women, and moms with children seeking refuge at King's Home that they matter and are valued.
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