A series of drawings and quotes on napkins put in my daughters' lunches for jr. high and high school every day over a 5 year period.


  • meg_to_the_max 9y

    ohmygod. this is my favorite on yet. I love it I love it!!!! It's so true.
  • Marty Coleman 9y

    I agree! I long ago realized that on virtually every single day of my life I had seen a beautiful woman sometime during that day. Beauty is not the rarity. Beauty, grace and goodness...THAT is the rarity and is more precious and joyful to see when it comes along than the surfaces of a million starlets.
    It is no less true or precious among men as women.
  • prima momma 9y

    I am so digging this. The fact that you not only put these wonderful, funny, touching, insightful works of art into your daughter's lunch, but that you actually saved them. More proof that you are some kind of alien being. I mean that in a good way of course :)
  • Marty Coleman 9y

    Thanks Prima! You read the story of how I ended up saving them, right? If not, check out the story at the set, ok?
  • prima momma 9y

    I just read the story. It gets me on so many levels. 1) Because you were caring and talented enough to make the napkins in the first place, which is something, I hate to say, most people don't expect a Father to do, so 2) It just exemplifies how connected Fathers can be to their children. (I'm sure you know that in our culture at least the parental roles are pretty rigidly defined. Moms are the ones that are supposed to make apple pies and make the lunches etc. Which, as you can imagine I think is utter b.s., and love when someone breaks the mold and proves that being a Mother or a Father is not necessarily defined by gender or paternal titles.) Bottom line: you were a kickass Dad...present, connected, and loving.
    Let's see 3) I think you've also nailed something that is universally heartwarming, because it speaks about the very nature of human beings wanting to be loved and appreciated, whether it's a daughter finding a napkin in her lunch, or a father discovering they were saved and cherished for years. It's come the tears again. I guess for number 4) this connects with me, because my daughter started kindergarten this year, and I started putting napkins in her lunchbox. Nothing nearly as amazingly artistic as yours, but simple messages like, "Happy Monday" or "I hope you get to play in the sunshine today." Or simply, "I love you." But, it somehow makes her feel special, and I think that's what every child deserves. Every person deserves.
    So, there you've done it. You've nailed *it* and touched so many people in the process.
    Myself included.
    Thank you.
  • Marty Coleman 9y

    It really is about being a person who loves and does their best to find elements of joy to give to those you can love.

    It really is about finding joy in the doing.

    Thank YOU Prima!
  • Hillary Demmon 9y

    i agree with prima wholeheartedly. i love these so much.
  • Marty Coleman 9y

    Thanks hd, I am glad you do.

    Now if I can just get it together to find a publisher...
  • Ruth Chong 9y

    wonderful quote!

    but why does it seem that beauty is so lacking in men. much less grace... :(
  • Marty Coleman 9y

    I don't know, there are some pretty incredible male beauties, but overall I think you are right. 'tis a mystery. But wait until I lose that next 10 pounds and take a pic, THEN you will see an Adonis, for sure! LOL
  • Ruth Chong 9y

    LOL... yes, please do that and shame Adonis! ;)
  • plfoxx 7y

    That is so cute!
  • Marty Coleman 7y

    Thanks plfoxx!
  • mmlobster 7y

    My mom did this for me too!!! Glad to know other kids got messages in their lunch :-D
  • Marty Coleman 7y

    The best part of sharing this story is hearing from others who have great memories, or are creating the memories, of sharing ideas, love, drawings, notes, and creativity with their children or having it from their parents.
  • A. Golden 7y

    I'm with prima momma - simply, WOW!
    I subscribed to your blog & look forward.
    In the meantime, it's my wish that you add
    each napkin to eyewash design to share with even more people!
  • Ἐπίκουρος 7y

    What a great dad you are! :D
  • A. Golden 7y

    the Guardians of Eyewash
    Thanks for adding this fantastic image to
    eyewash design. We took care of this one
    for you, but In future, kindly help two old
    geezers & remember to tag. Well done!

    -the D-Man & Aunt Vee
  • eugenio gp 7y

    this is also quite good... good drawing and quote!
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