Yesterday afternoon I listed the things I am banning from my house. Yesterday evening a belated birthday gift arrived in my house for the small girl. A big arts and crafts set. The small girl was thrilled. In the arts and craft set was paint, lots of paint. Karma’s a bitch.
I calmed the excited three year old down and promised her we could paint the next day. Roll on 7am this morning. Still pitch dark outside. There she was opening my eyes for me with her fingers saying “Get up, its painting time”…………..
8.25am this morning and the girls were painting away. They were both home sick from school so they painted and then they painted some more. Then the boy came home from school and more painting took place. Then after dinner they painted again. Their paintings are drying on pretty much every available surface downstairs. I already got caught this week throwing artwork in the recycle bin so I am afraid to touch them as I can’t go through another round of “why would you throw my pictures out” and ”Did you not think my art was good?”
There is paint on the table, on the floor, all over the bathroom, all over the kitchen, all over uniforms and clothes. There is paint everywhere. They went to bed with paint under their finger nails and in their hair.
When the small girl was going to sleep she told me “today was the best day because I love paint”. Then I came into my room and the big girl had left this on my pillow.
The paint can stay, for now.