Heartstrings: Kindergartners talk about art, romance

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Kindergarten students tied strings around their hearts at Parkway Elementary School.
The work was part of an art project that began on Friday, when the children painted hearts with abstract designs. The masterpieces dried over the weekend.
“I put red on this side, yellow on this side, blue in the middle and green on the bottom,” said 5-year-old Erin Moore.
On Monday, she wove yarn around the edges of her heart. She was thinking about giving it to her 1-year-old sister, but there could be a problem.
“She might eat it,” Erin said.
That’s not the only potentially sticky situation she faces on this Valentine’s Day. Her boyfriend, Riley, was sitting at the next table. The two of them didn’t seem to be on the same page.
“I don’t have a girlfriend,” Riley Dallas, 5, said. “I don’t want a girlfriend.”
“They cause too many problems,” added 7-year-old Cortavious Richey.
Classical music played in the background of Carla Newsom’s art classroom, as Cortavious threaded string through his painted heart. He sat next to 5-year-old Mychaela Shack.
“I have a boyfriend,” Mychaela said.
“That’s my brother,” Cortavious said. “She likes my brother.”
“No,” Mychaela clarified. “He likes me.”
Alyssa Judon, 6, said she had a good time working on her project because “I love abstract. I love painting. I love sewing.”
She said she has a boyfriend, but wasn’t sure what he was going to get her.
“I love roses,” she whispered.
At a neighboring table, Terry Penson, 5, planned to give his heart to his brother. He said he has a girlfriend, and she’ll probably want a Nintendo DS game.
“She lives in Wonderville,” he said. “It’s very far away from Parkway.”
Alisah Clifton, 6, wasn’t interested in talking about boyfriends. She knew where her handmade heart belonged on Valentine’s Day.
“I’m going to give mine to my mama,” she said. “How do I write her name?”
“Mom, M … O … M,” Terry said.
Kameron Coggins, 5, used his heart as a makeshift fan. On the opposite side of the table, his twin brother, Kyron, planned to give his heart to his mother.
“No girlfriend,” Kyron said, shaking his head. “No.”
If he changes his mind, Wonderville might be a good place to start looking for one.

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