Excitedly, the bright-eyed five-year-old entered her kindergarten classroom the first day of school. Her teacher passed out paper and crayons, announcing that they were going to draw flowers. "Good!" thought the little girl. She picked out her favorite color and began to draw.
The teacher was at her side in an instant. "No, No! Put your crayon down and wait for me to tell you what to do," she said. The to the whole class she gave instructions. They were to draw a tulip. It was to look like the example she drew on the board. The flower was to be colored red, the stem green. The little girl turned her paper over and did as she was told.
Some time later, her family moved to a new house, and she began to attend a different school. One day, the teacher announced that they were going to draw flowers. She passed out the paper, and the children took out there crayons. Everyone else began to draw, but the little girl waited quietly for instructions.
"Why aren't you drawing?" asked the teacher.
"You haven't told me what I am supposed to draw yet," she answered.
"You can draw any kind of flower you want. Use your imagination. It's all up to you."
The little girl sat for a long time. Then she picked up her crayons and drew a red tulip with a green stem.