This piece is out now, in the current issue of 5280 Magazine. The essay explains the author's decision to make her kids attend school the Friday before Winter break (one week after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary). Although she grants her daughter's request that she visit the school and eat lunch with her, she tells them that even during tragedies like Newtown, it's important to have the courage to press on and live our lives.
With my sketches I was really focusing more on the idea of the author getting past the tragedy, represented by a flag at half mast. None were really relating to school enough though, or even referencing it at all, aside from #6.
Dave, the A.D., liked the inclusion of the school crosswalk sign in #6,
and wondered if that could be more central to the composition, given
that it was so graphic, with maybe the flag at half mast in the
background. After playing with the sketch a little more, I suggested
combining the sign with the flag, and including a mother with the two
kids normally on the sign (referencing the fact that the author has two
kids, and went to school with them for lunch). It worked well tying into the story, as well as suggesting the idea of getting on with every day life, in spite of constant tragedy.
Thanks so much, Dave!