In a time in which it's difficult to stay connected to children (when questions such as "How was your day" are routinely met with, "Fine"), one Brooklyn mom has her own fun and interesting way: drawing on the napkins she includes in her sons' lunches. “Like many other parents, I just wanted to include a note in his lunch box for his first day of having lunch without me at school so I drew a picture on a napkin in black Sharpie and I guess it was a hit,” says the mom, artist Nina Levy. The above picture of a cat sniper with a water gun is one such napkin illustration, which her son requested.
The illustrated napkins can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours, according to Today Moms, and Levy's inspiration for the pictures usually comes from her sons who request particular pictures. She usually takes a picture before sending her kids off to school with the napkin, and uploads it to her personal website, but even so, the napkins will most likely come back home from school unused and untarnished. Ultimately, though, it keeps Levy in-tune with her kids. “It makes me stay up to date on what they’re interested in,” she says.