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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. Pablo Picasso at DailyLearners.com

Mother’s Day and Creativity

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Mother's Day and Birthday Gifts

I had such a nice Mother’s Day/Birthday celebration on Sunday. I spent the afternoon with my children and grandchildren at my son and daughter-in-law’s home. The last few years I have been away so being in town with the family was an added treat.

My son and son-in-law planned and prepared a wonderful meal for all the mothers in the family. We feasted on grilled steak, mixed vegetables, corn on the cob, and rolls as well as chocolate cake and a freezer full of homemade ice cream.  The guys made sure all the mothers were able to relax and enjoy the day.  Thanks, guys!

We sat outside in the cool breeze which is unusual for the Houston area. I enjoyed watching all the grandchildren run around the yard playing, chasing bubbles, riding scooters, throwing the frisbee for Duke, the dog. The adults visited and reminisced.

Occasionally we had to referee the children or pick up a crying child. It felt so right. It was Mother’s Day and I was with my kids. I  had a delicious lunch on top of that. I needed nothing else.

But the day did not end there.

My grandson, Jake, surprised me with a bracelet he made me of various shades of turquoise colored beads. I did not know Jake even knew how to make jewelry. The combination of texture, color and shape make the bracelet one that I will enjoy wearing for a long time. Thank you Jake.

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Bracelet from Jake

My son and his family gave me a beautiful pair of sterling and polished stone earrings in addition to that delicious meal.  The earrings are gorgeous! I will wear them proudly. Thank you Glenn, Marisa and Will.

Then I was given a handmade beaded necklace and matching earrings. My daughter’s whole family contributed to making the set. Some did the beading, others did the wire twisting, etc. I am baffled. How did they learn how to do all this?  How did they make the jewelry without me finding out? How did they keep the little ones from spilling the beans?  Thank you, Drew, Isaac, Jake, Kyla, Clayton, Lara and Lane for whatever part you played in the creation of my gift.

On top of that, I got a framed colored pencil that my daughter, Lara, created. She drew it from a photograph taken in Hawaii while visiting Molokai. You can see the drawing in the photo above. Lara has developed a desire to draw, paint and do colored pencil work in her early thirties. I think that is awesome! I am glad she is moving on her creative urges.  Thank you Lara. Your work is lovely.

Lara’s creativity is influencing her children to be creative. When the children see their mother draw or learn something new, it makes them want to be creative also. The creativity seems to be contagious. Her children are now drawing, painting, writing, and making jewelry. How fun is that?

I thought I would give all the mothers out there a chance to share. What kinds of gifts did you receive? It does not matter if your gifts are handmade or not. Maybe your children surprised you with a back massage or a home cooked meal. Post a comment and tell us about your Mother’s Day. Take some time to say, “Thank you!” to your kids, spouse, grandchildren, etc. I am looking forward to hearing from you.

By the way, I found out my granddaughter, Kyla, made the chocolate cake. It was delicious!  I will cherish the memories of this day forever.

1 comment to Mother’s Day and Creativity

  • Dawn

    My oldest son, who is 14, gave me a verbal card. My daughter made me a bracelet out of seed beads. My 8-year old son made me a necklace, which is unbelievably beautiful. My daughter helped him design it, and it looks professionally done. My other small children gave me hugs and kisses. It was a good Mother’s Day.

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