Joe, the 'Doodle Boy' was often pulled up in class for doodling in his notebooks, but is now decorating hotel walls with his art with the support of his parents and art teacher.
I believe that there are two kinds of parents - one who support and encourage the decisions of their children, and the other who will regularly monitor and even almost control their child's behavior. 9-year-old Joe Whale is one lucky kid to have parents who are the likes of the former. Joe has been getting into trouble at school repeatedly for indulging in his creativity. He likes to doodle and he was often pulled up by his teachers for doodling in class. However, his parents recognized his talent and wanted to give him an outlet, so they sent Joe to an after-school art class where his artistic abilities did not miss the eyes of those around him.
Word travels fast and luck does favor the talented, and it was no different for little Joe. His art was noticed by many and he got the opportunity to decorate the dining room of Number 4, a restaurant in Shrewsbury, England. Joe, who is also known as The Doodle Boy, has his own website and social media handles where he proudly displays his works. In an interview with Bored Panda, Joe's dad, Greg mentioned that Joe and his twin brother Jess were both added to the " Gifted register in primary school at age 4.”
“Joe spent about 12 hours illustrating the wall," said Greg, revealing the amount of time it took the boy to decorate the wall at Number 4. Greg is all for encouraging children to pursue their passion and had some great advice for parents who feel the same way: “I would advise parents to encourage their children to always follow their passion and dreams — research local workshops or groups within your local community.”
Majority credit goes to Joe's teacher at the after-school art class who nurtured his talent and posted his work on Instagram. It was only then that the restaurant noticed his work and offered him an opportunity to decorate their walls. Now, his dad drives him there so he can draw his heart out, according to Metro. "I asked Joe and he, of course, leaped at the chance to do it so we have been going there after school where for a couple of hours a night he’ll put his creativity on their wall," added Greg.
"Joe loves doodling and we’re so proud of everything he’s achieving, the fact that a completely independent business has asked our nine-year-old son to do a professional piece of work for them is incredible." This is a great example for parents who sometimes brush their child's talents under the rug. They need to have faith in their children and let them be the best version of themselves while they grow up!