I was teaching art yesterday to this wonderful little child. She finished drawing and painting her rooster and then suddenly threw it in the air in this wonderful gesture of joy. THIS is why teaching art is a good thing. THIS is why creating art is a great big ditto. Wonderful. Good. Joy. I honestly believe that any creative act elevates the spirit, be it painting, writing, gardening, scrapbooking, sewing, handiwork, batik, jewelry designing, home decorating, cooking, puppetry, teaching, carpentry, or any other thing that creates something out of nothing, requiring that most human of traits: imagination. Time taken to create comes back in unending waves of satisfaction. Creating is, indeed, joy.