Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Mother Artist


I was listening to this song today in the car and it got me feeling all artsy.  I started daydreaming about getting back into painting.  When nap time fell apart I strapped the baby into the Hug-a-Bub and pulled out the watercolors. As expected, Sierra and Kaia were soon at my side wanting to paint too. There is a book that has been on my night stand for way too long (The Creative Family by Amanda Soule) and in the few pages I've read there was a statement about not separating your kids from the "good" art supplies. Essentially she's saying let your kids create with the expensive stuff, not the 2 for $1 water colors. Well, I just can't bring myself to do that, although it would have saved me an argument and having to get all the kid paint down from the closet. Anyway, I painted unproductively for a while then spent twice as long cleaning up the painting mess my girls made. And all this made me think of a conversation between friends last night. We were discussing the talent of one friend's husband who is amazing on the piano/organ. Another friend mentioned that she would sure like to have a talent like that. Another friend's husband piped up and said something to the effect of, "Your talent could be Motherhood." Those words really stuck with me and reminds me of the quote I have on my fridge: "She who can paint a masterpiece or write a book that will influence millions deserves the admiration and the plaudits of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters, whose influence will be felt through generations to come, ... deserves the highest honor that man can give, and the choicest blessings of God." --President David O. McKay

So I'm going to share my paints (but only the dollar store variety).

7 comments:

Lauren said...

such a good quote, and good message to all the moms!! thanks for sharing.

ballerina girl said...

Awesome, thanks I really needed that quote today. I think I will print that right up and put it on my fridge!

Ryan and Chrystal said...

Awesome. Thanks for sharing. And there is NOOOOOO WAY I'm gonna share my expensive art supplies until my kids can prove they won't ruin them.

brandie said...

Once again...Beautiful!

Maren said...

Oh Mindi - I totally needed to hear that today. Thank you.

p.s. I wouldn't share the good paints either. :)

Janel said...

Thanks, I would love to start painting again, too. But the kids always want to join in. I know how you feel. Thanks for the quote it makes me feel better. There is a time and place for everything.

Jessica said...

Oh my gosh Mindi, you are the best blogger. I love all your posts. So enlightening, uplifting, just perfect. That quote was awesome and you really are talented when it comes to motherhood.