You'll Never Get Good At Something If You Don't Put Your Mind To It!
The story “the dot,” is about a girl named Vashti. She thought and said she couldn’t draw. Her art teacher told her just to make a mark and see where it takes her. When Vashti jabs her pencil on the paper, she asks her to sign it. Vashti says, “Well, maybe I can’t draw but I CAN sign my name.” Then when she had art class the next week, she was surprised to see the dot she had drawn hanging above her art teacher’s desk. It was her dot, all framed in swirly gold. When she saw it, she thought to her self, “Hmmph! I can make a better dot than that!” She made a beautiful piece of all different colored dots. When it got a very big “splash” at the art show, Vashti saw a younger boy gazing up at her. “You’re a really good artist,” he said, “I wish I could draw.” Then Vashti said, “I bet you can.” “No, not me, I can’t draw a straight line with a ruler.” “Show me.” She said. She then looked at the squiggle line and said tothe boy, “Now sign it.”
When I re-read “the dot” more carefully, I thought it was all about determination. Determination comes up throughout the book: First, Vashti’s art teacher is determined to show her that she can be a really good artist if she puts her mind to it. When Vashti sees her dot hanging above her art teacher’s desk, she is very determined to make better art, and is starting to have confidence in her self. Then, at the art show when everyone loves her “dot” painting, she has a lot of confidence in her self. Then when she sees the little boys gazing up at her and telling her how good of an artist she is, she’s determined to teach the little boy the same lesson her art teacher taught her.
As I said before, when I re-read “the dot” I thought it was about determination. It shows when Vashti got very determined to do something and she stuck with it, she got very good at it. I just started doing horseback riding. I remember after my second lesson telling my mom it was too hard. I didn’t want to do it anymore even though I really liked doing it, and I love horses. Then my mom told me that I’m never going to get good at it if I don’t try. My horseback riding teacher told me it’s just like if you went in to kindergarden and they gave me algebra homework. I went back and felt more confident, and now I love horseback riding. The lesson my mom taught me reminded me of the lesson Vashti’s art teacher taught her and the lesson Vashti taught to the boy: You’ll never get good at something if you don’t put you’re mind to it.
Who knows what you’ll try and you might find a love and talent you never knew was there if you’re determined!