Mum’s inspirational messages help put pupils on right path
A MUM from Guildford has taken on the mantle of inspiring local children and their parents by decorating the pavements with inspirational messages in colorful chalks.
Under cover of darkness on Monday night (September 4), as thousands of youngsters got read to go back to school, mum-of-five Melony Robertson, 33, and her daughter Georgia, 13, spent an hour and a half bringing a little extra joy to the start of a new term at Merrow Infant School and Bushy Hill Junior School.
The messages range from Dr Seuss quotes and quirky sketches to simple slogans such as “try hard” and “if you are lucky enough to be different, do NOT change”.
Mrs Robertson said she ‘borrowed’ the idea from a curious source: “Three years ago, I was randomly scrolling through a Facebook sewing group based in USA.
“They were doing something similar and I kind of copied them. I’ve been doing it every year since.”
With no artistic background, Mrs Robertson is currently studying English Literature at the Open University and does not draw the images for any personal reward or satisfaction.
She said: “I just think, it’s first the day back, the kids are nervous and so are some of the parents for whatever reason.
“It’s something nice to see on your way into school in the morning and something to lift the spirits.
“Everyone seems to love it. I want everyone to do it – the whole country. We live in a world where people aren’t always nice and they keep themselves to themselves.
“I just want to make people smile.”
Mrs Robertson took to Facebook to share photos of the drawings and a pleasant message for her followers.
She added: “I get people on Facebook sending me messages that I don’t even know saying ‘you’re great’ and stuff like that.”
Mrs Robertson said if she ever managed to reach superhero status she would operate under the alias ‘Super Stitchus’ due to her love of sewing.
She also suggested that she had a few more tricks up her sleeve but declined to reveal the location of her next target.
Two of the messages written by mum Melony Robertson, left