little K

IMG_1246Some how, in the new routine that our family life is falling into this January, I have had more moments of making things with my little K.  I realise with a new sense of clarity, just how much she loves creating, drawing, sticking, cutting and making.  Without a doubt its when I see her at her happiest: she laughs, smiles, chats and glows with pleasure.  She applies herself to these activities with a remarkable level of concentration, patience and care.IMG_0481

This is in total contrast to D: for him art (drawing, colouring, sticking, painting) has never been something he would choose to do.  I can count on the fingers of one hand the pieces of art he brought home from playgroup at the same stage.  In the past, I have been tempted to blame this difference on gender (girls like colouring, boys don’t) but I think it goes further than that with these two children of mine:  this is about recognising who they are individually, how they are function and what energises and excites them.IMG_0474

In the last couple of weeks, K and I have made stained glass windows with book film; used fabric paint to stamp designs onto white t-shirts; and painted pottery at Ferry Potty.  I am so grateful for this point of connection with my daughter and I am relishing the prospect of some lovely times with K where we can make, create and draw together.

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Amy

I started blogging after the birth of my first child. Since I stopped working, I realise I am defined far more by my relationships than by what I do. So, I am: wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend.

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