Thursday, December 02, 2010

A mom's honest take on her child's artwork






I planned on doing a Christmas tree cutting post with gorgeous photographs to stimulate your eyes and inspire you, but instead I have taken my 1GB iPod and taken grainy pictures of my child's artwork. How delighted I was when BellaRose could start drawing, who doesn't hang those first bits of artwork on the fridge and proclaim loudly what a little Picasso you have on your hands. Then your child starts to go to preschool, then nursery at church, then little morning camp over the summer and soon you have so much artwork you are about to bust. What am I supposed to do with the decoupage caterpillar thing that looks like something that might be called a #2? What am I supposed to do with the feathery horse with one wiggly eye on its rear end and Popsicle stick coming out of it abdomen? Who doesn't feel that pang of guilt when you "accidentally" spill something on a masterpiece they just brought home and now you have to put it in the trash?
"BellaRose I don't know what happened to your toilet paper roll turkey, I guess Rainy ate it."
I know I will frame some art, keep some art so on her 40th birthday party we can all laugh and think how cute she was when she was 3, but in the meantime all this artwork is driving me batty! All these scraps of paper EVERYWHERE! We have made her a craft shelf in her closet in hopes of culling it all to one area, but it still ends up in my purse, and in my grocery bags, and in my pockets, and she has pretty much drawn on every surface under the sun. There is no where that magic eraser has not been.
This child is like an elephant she never forgets and she certainly never forgets the smiley face she drew while out to lunch and I tried to dispose of but now has to be hung above her bed.



7 comments:

KatieKate said...

Oh, honey, I HEAR YA LOUD AND CLEAR on this one. Paper, scraps, treasures and CRAP everywhere over here. Curt almost threw out her crown this past Sunday AT CHURCH and I yelled, "Curt! You have to wait until we're home to do that. It's just rude."

We have lots of one-eyed horses here, too. Maybe we should make a museum.

JTP said...

i know what you mean...WDP will come home with several things a day and I tell him to pick his favorite.... I am lucky taht that has worked so far. I bring a lot of it to school and post in my classroom...pass it on to grandparents- share the "love" :-)

Mama Jessica said...

I like the museum idea! haha We of course are the same with school art but the biggest for us is coloring books or paint pads. Rylie INSISTS on tearing the pages out to color them.....everrywhere they are......everywhere. I started a baby box for her special baby things and just last week started and art box. She like BellaRose has the best memory. I just say its in the box.....

Worth said...

BellaRose can (and will) cut confetti into smaller pieces. THAT'S what gets me. And Hollings eats it off the floor with dog hair. Awesome.

Aunt Karen said...

That's hysterical! But wait there's more-have 7 grandchildren.
I've had to go to the Dewey Decimal System.

Aunt Karen said...

PS. OG loves the caterpillar...

Heidi King said...

Sunday, I love your honest take. So incredibly true...we are quick to throw away here and really Addison is surprisingly unattached. Some things I have seen her throw away and almost pulled them back out of the trash.