Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Little Girl Had An "Accident" At School, But Her Clever Dad Saved The Day.

Pure Talent

Pure Talent

Ben Sowards Artist/Author / Facebook

Talented little Ben had drawn a masterful piece of art that was truly beyond his years. Ben's parents had already talked about his love for art, but his skills were truly uncanny. When he was little, Ben simply refused to go to preschool. “I was always pestering my parents to look at this picture and that picture. They put me in preschool, but I couldn’t deal with the macaroni and beans and yarn and glue and things. I made a deal with them that I could stay at home and draw as long as I let my mom take a little nap.” But no one could've predicted his artistic inclinations to turn into a passion.

Always Dreaming

Always Dreaming

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Most of Ben's teachers had predicted he wouldn't graduate, but he made it through. His parents were filled with pride and joy, as they had always feared he'd one day decide to drop out and focus solely on drawing. But talented Ben wasn't about to put his passion in the back burner. He attended the Laguna College of Art and Design and Brigham Young University in Utah. There, he fine-tuned his skills and quickly became internationally acclaimed for his art. But he had another calling too.

Kids

Kids

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Ben was married to Connie, and together, they juggled the hardships of parenting seven children. One day, Ben told Connie about his life-long goal: becoming a teacher. But she was concerned. He had always wanted a huge family, but Connie thought that'd mean having only three or four kids. She worked as the executive director at The Family Support Centre in Cedar City. And she simply couldn't imagine raising their kids while juggling two full time jobs between them. Every year though, would bring a new surprise for the couple.

Wonderful Teachings

Wonderful Teachings

Ben Sowards Artist/Author / Facebook

Their family kept getting bigger and bigger, and as time went by, Ben was still keen on becoming a teacher. Eventually, this was more than a necessity for him. He finally joined the Southern Utah University and finally became the director of the Illustration Program, back in 2001. He was finally allowed to teach passionate students everything there is to know about traditional painting and digital art. Ben had predicted that teaching would be hard at times, as teachers struggle to keep students engaged. But there was another aspect that Ben hadn't considered.

Having Accidents

Having Accidents

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Ben received a frantic call from Connie. She explained that she had just received a call from the principal who was worried about their little 6-year-old daughter, Valerie. She had a bathroom accident and needed him to go pick her up. Their oldest daughter, Lucinda, quickly went upstairs to pick up her phone. When she made her way down the stairs, she saw her dad by the sink. He had just spilled a cup of water all over himself. She was startled. So why did he do it?

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