Saturday, March 21, 2009

Creative Friday

It looked liked Creative Friday was going to be a bust yesterday, due to a 12:30 meeting with the ENT, but Jill came around 1:00 and we had Tex-Mex nachos for lunch. Fortunately, she was able to work her scheming magic so that she could stay till 6:00, and that way it didn't feel wrecked.

Jill was cracking me up with her pen woes. She bought a bunch of new ones, but they weren't writing and she had to keep scribbling to get the ink to flow. (I hate when that happens.) The funny part was her holding them up and saying "Scorn! Scorn!" I might have tried to get video of that, but she made sure I was only taking stills...

Sadly, the Land Before Time marathon never really happened. She watched part of one and then came out to sit with us and ask a million questions. Then she wanted to invite a neighbor over to play, which presented a whole new set of problems. (e.g., Eva was yelling and when I asked what the problem was, she said, "Sammy said I was four! I'm not four!" I explained that she would be four next month, but apparently that was irrelevant. Sammy just looked at me and shrugged in bewilderment.) Eva really needs more experience with playdates...

Jill had a really interesting thought in her C.F. write-up: "I love the thought of Eva witnessing Creative Friday every week since her birth. I wonder if she'll grow up with a love of friendship and creating because she saw her mother loving it for so long. What a wonderful legacy to leave her." How much do I love that?

My grandmother taught me long ago to make time for me, and time for things I love, and not to feel guilty about it. That was some of the best advice I have ever received. I am convinced that I am a better mother because of Creative Friday and other creative and personal pursuits. It's the best tool for managing depression I have in my arsenal. (Well, that and Lexapro...) Now the thought of modeling that for Eva makes it that much better!

I worked on my birthday thank you cards and still managed to feel like I accomplished something, even with all of the interruptions. And anyway, Creative Friday is at least as much about reconnecting and laughter as it is about accomplishing things. (But accomplishing things sure does feel good, too.)

Holy cow, this is a bad picture of me. I was having a really ugly day -- one of those days where nothing could salvage my face or hair. (Why does that happen?) In any case, if it weren't for the tradition, I would not be posting a photo of us from this week!

8 comments:

landon said...

Oh dear, I don't think that heinous "scorn" picture of me should be the first one people see when they click on your blog, you're sure to lose readers!

Susan said...

"To me, you don't"!

Sounds like another lovely day. Where in the world has four years gone.....

shannon said...

I love the comment that Jill wrote about Eva and the legacy that you are leaving her...that's so well put!

I also love the wonderful advice from your grandmother!--how wise she is!

Your pictures are always so fabulous!!

Melinda said...

I really like this picture! What is wrong with it?

Jen said...

you are surrounded by wise women. i love jill's thought about eva and your grandmother's words. so true- i wish every woman would remember that.
ok, wait- really ugly day?! i'll trade you mine for yours, then. :)

rebekah said...

you are a saint for sitting through so many viewings of the land before time. for years i babysat for kids who would watch those stinking movies over and over and over and over...i kept praying that the meteor would hit and just END IT ALREADY!!!!

and seriously, how many land before time videos are there? 15? 20? aren't they supposed to, i don't know, DIE at some point?!

if i ever have to hear about the great valley again, i think i'll lose my mind...

Hannah said...

Oh I love that picture of Jill! I am so glad the day wasn't a wash and admire your commitment to your CFs!

Jill said...

Oh my goodness, what a picture to pop up in your suggested reading for today's post!!

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