I have been thinking deeply lately about the notion of creating. In a world of increasing destruction and devastation, the simple act of creating something, creating anything really, is cathartic.
At our homeschool co-op I teach a writing and an art class. Looking upon my students yesterday while they wrote, while they constructed, while they created, I was reminded of the deep power that lies within creation. Bringing something to life that did not exist before is profoundly powerful. Whether you decide to sit down and color in a coloring book with your toddler, doodle a poem on a cocktail napkin, or intricately knit a quilt, the act of creating holds great magnitude. I truly believe that in creating we help to spread a bit of positive energy and love into the world. And honestly, I think we could use a bit of both right now.
So, this weekend I encourage you to create. Whether it is a gourmet meal for your family, or a cute little stick figure on the back of your grocery list…create something. Create anything. Use this as a chance to shrug off just a bit of the negativity that often weighs heavily upon our shoulders. Create. Release. Repeat.
Happy weekend, friends.
My girls and I have found a new love: ceramics. We happened upon a class that had some open seats and immediately we knew it was a match made in Heaven.
A common misconception of homeschooled-children is that they lack socialization. My experience (be it only a brief one and a half years so far) has illustrated to me that the exact opposite is actually true. Not only do my girls interact with children their own age while at homeschool co-op, through sports and camps, and during their involvement in scouts, homeschooling allows time for my girls to interact with those much younger and older than them. My girls love helping out with the little bitty ones when they are at the YMCA or at co-op, and they also cherish the moments they get to spend with residents of their great grandmother’s retirement community.
Our new-found ceramics class has also offered my girls a wonderful opportunity to, not only learn a wide array of artistic techniques, but also interact with a lovely group of ladies of an older generation. My girls love listening to their stories, and watching their experienced hands craft the most beautiful pieces of art. Our time spent in the studio on Tuesdays with these women is definitely a life experience for which I am so very grateful.
With Mother’s Day right around the corner, the girls and I got to work last night on some cards for the ladies. Back in December, Santa gave us a great all-natural card making kit by Glob and we had not yet used it. ( I believe the big man in red informed me he purchased this great gift from Nova Natural 🙂
What we loved best about this card kit is that the card stock is seed paper. So, after all of the mommas are done admiring their creations, they can plant the paper beneath a thin layer of soil and some lovely flowers will sprout…genius…a card and present all in one!
It never ceases to amaze me how beautiful the paintings of children turn out. They have no set idea in mind, they just create, and the result is breathtaking. I even tried to just “paint” my own creation last night, but found myself with a flower, leaf, etc. every time. The mind of a child is one I think we all wish we could emulate. That wild abandon that turns out to be true beauty so much of the time. Love.