What They Will Remember

As a small child I began my love of art and drawing.

My favorite and earliest memories were drawing with my mom each night at the kitchen table.

She would provide me with brown grocery store bags to color on.

Our medium of choice was chalk but crayons were fine too.

I remember sitting for hours each night just coloring with my mom. I don’t remember what she colored but I know my favorite was Strawberry Shortcake.

I know this because my mom kept all of my artwork. I have a huge container of my artwork ranging from ages of around 3 up to my teenage years.

When I look through it clouds of dust swirl from all of the chalk drawings.

Those were some of my happiest times as a child. Just sitting with my mom doing my favorite activity.

I try to keep this in mind when dealing with my own children.

It does not take expensive toys to make them love us or keep them entertained. It doesn’t require doing elaborate crafts or expensive outings.

They just want us to be with them; spending time and enjoying who they are. That is what they will remember.

pictures I did when I was around 4 years old

 

picture I did when I was around 4 years old. Strawberry Shortcake and Orange Blossom

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27 responses

  1. I echo the previous comments, that it is great that you have such vivid memories AND tangible pictures, too! L. is pretty ambivalent about artwork (creating it, I mean), but A. has really gotten into drawing lately. We keep a lap-sized magna-doodle pad in the car and most of the time, she draws and erases, draws and erases wherever we go! She can draw a pretty decent face, too. I know it’s obvious that no two siblings are alike, but this is one difference in particular that is truly fascinating. And I totally agree that it is often the simpler items and activities (and more frugal ones, too) that create the most lasting memories: sofa forts, water heater boxes, styrofoam peanuts, doodle pads…you know already!

    • Those are wonderful things!!! Both of my older kids really enjoy drawing however they both have such different styles…it’s amazing watching them create and seeing how their brains work so differently!!! You can really tell a lot about them just by watching them draw!

  2. Did the same with, and for, my 3 kids…so worthwhile. Now my daughter is doing the same with her kids:) I can’t tell you how many hours we colored pictures together as we watched Sesame Street! Fine motor skills and attention spans were expanding as minds were learning……nice post. Keep posting that precious artwork all over the kitchen!

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