|"Pumpkin Love" Commissioned Painting|
Watercolor and Pastel ©Antonia Ruppert
Take this week, for example.
What could I do when my little one wanted to put on her costume--just to "practice?" You know me. The mom and artist in me said “OK” and grabbed my camera. As she twirled around and around, I think she thought she’d BECOME a butterfly.
The next day, my big teen asked me for help with her Halloween homework for Spanish. She had to create a full length cardboard skeleton with her very own attributes. She had already made an amazing outfit by hand out of scraps of cloth I had. She just needed the hair done. So there I was - at 11pm sewing weave(hair extensions) on her Día de los Muertos skeleton. I’m thinking, “First of all, I don't know how to sew weave and secondly, “Isn't this YOUR project?” Thankfully, we finished it and she was happy with it.
Mommy's work, like artists’ work means hearing and noticing.
This is what I heard this week:
“Mommy can you help me find my doll’s sippy cup?”
“Mommy come and see my transformer - no come and see!(she was holding playdoh and a broken handle from a drawer)”
“Mommy, guess what Nicholas is for Halloween. No Guess!”
And this is what I noticed: My daughters are as creative as I am. My teen is directing a skit at church--just in time for Halloween). I'm amazed at her ability to write, direct, dance and act.
In a recent interview with Darren Hardy of Success Magazine, Paula Deen shares that when she first started out by herself, she sacrificed her relationship with her boys. I heard that and froze. That scared me.
Yes, Halloween is here. But there is nothing that scares me more right now than being a mommy...and an artist.