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.