Sunday, May 8, 2016

My Little Artist (Letting Kids Be Themselves)

My son, Bug has never shown much interest in sports, or most group activities. He instead liked to draw, paint, study science and math. I have always just let him find his own path, and trusted that he would follow those activities which made him happy.
Well a few days ago he brought home a letter from his Art Teacher saying his artwork was entered in a small art show. We were invited to attend. I was excited and proud even if it seemed like this was just a cute little grade school art show that probably displayed most if not all the school children's art.
When we arrived at the art show, we were stunned. It was artwork from children between UPK and 8th grade from every school in the County.  Each school district was allowed to submit an art piece from at most 16 students across those 9 grades. From Bug's Elementary school there were only 5 students selected from UPK through 2nd grade. Bug was 1 of those 5. I was so taken aback. I had no clue. When we found his artwork I was even more stunned. It was so beautiful. I was amazed that a first grader, MY first grader could make something that nice.
He found his passion, found something he loves! In an area where sports are pushed on pretty much every kid, especially boys, my kid said, "No, I like to paint". He is really good at it too! I am so beyond proud of him!

Mother's Day

Well I may have had the best of intentions but alas, work, sick kids and life got the better of me again and this blog was left to rot again. It wasn't until this morning that I was inspired to really pick up the torch again. A friend started reading my blog and she was inspired by it. Her sharing that with me meant so much.
Today is Mother's Day. I have spent a lot of years celebrating this day a lot of different ways, pregnant, chasing a toddler, grieving, about to give birth, and now with two kids, not babies, not even really a kid and a baby, but really two full on kids (or at least as much as a 2 yr old is a kid), today my heart is very full.
Yesterday the kids picked dandelions for tea and jelly, while I worked on prepping the garden and planting a little. We danced barefoot in the grass and watched bumblebees fly from flower to flower, their chubby bodies barely able to fly. We watched squirrels and birds chasing through the trees. We mixed the compost in the bin and began prepping it to be taken out for the garden.

Today the kids each gave me their sweet hand made gifts and we walked down to the theater, enjoying a brisk but sunny walk through town. Who needs to drive when you can walk. We passed a lot of litter a long the way, but I had forgotten a garbage bag. My Bug though spent the walk telling me exactly why litter is so bad and why people need to stop doing it. My heart swelled knowing I am raising him right.
All in all I am proud and joyful watching my kids grow on this Mother Day. They will be part of a new hopefully much more Green generation.
 The day ended with my almost 2 yr old nursing in my arms while we cuddled on the couch. That was the best moment of all!

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