No Vacation? No Problem. Siblings Bring Smiles To Others With Travel-Inspired Chalk Drawings
Their creativity will amaze you.
Most of us have had to cancel or postpone our summer travel plans because of the coronavirus pandemic. It's a small price to pay to stay safe, but it's hard not to be disappointed when the vacation you've been looking forward to all year is no longer an option.
That's what inspired 14-year old Macaire Everett and her nine-year-old brother Camden to create their own travel adventures, right in their parents' driveway.
Since the lockdown started in April, Macaire and Camden have had to find things to do to entertain themselves since their parents both have to work.
"My husband and I are working from home, and we are each holed up in our makeshift home office, so the kids have needed to be self-sufficient," their mom, Christine, told TODAY Parents. "We told them, 'When you're done with your remote learning, we cannot entertain you, because we need to work.'"
Macaire Everett (L) and her younger brother Camden (R) have been drawing adventures in their driveway to keep themselves busy during the pandemic. Christine Everett/Facebook
The family lives in Libertyville, IL, and while they've gone on trips within the U.S., it's been Camden's dream to travel the world. So, Macaire decided to make her brother's dream a reality by making chalk drawings on their driveway – and Camden always plays a big role in her art.
The drawings are mostly of scenes from different places in the world the siblings would like to visit. For instance, one of Macaire's drawings was of the tulip fields in Holland, and she drew a bicycle, which her brother 'rode' to make it look like he was part of the illustration.
"A lot of it comes from things we want to do and places we want to go after this is all over," Macaire told WGN9-TV.
The drawings have been attracting the attention of the neighbors, who often stop by to watch as Macaire creates – some have even donated chalk so that she can keep the project going.
"We were running out of chalk one time and we hadn't gotten a new order of it and they were like, 'Here, have some of ours,'" Macaire explained. "It's really cool that everybody is helping out. It's what this time is all about."
The siblings' drawings have inspired neighbors to donate chalk to keep the project going. @macairesmuse
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The original plan was to draw for 100 days straight, but now that they've reached their goal, Macaire and Camden don't plan on stopping anytime soon.
So far Camden's adventures have included snapping selfies in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, steering a gondola in Venice and feeding branches to a tall giraffe while on an African safari.
"Some of this started by necessity, some of it started by fun, and it grew organically," Christine said. "It's special because it's a kid empowering themselves and empowering their sibling, and it has ended up giving us all something to look forward to."
What an incredible way for the siblings to show their creativity while bringing joy to their community. We can't wait to see what adventures Macaire and Camden will draw next!