Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Getting Messy

Went looking for a certain photo in an album to share on the blog today.  Tried to scan it but couldn't get that to work so I'll save it for another day.  Ended up looking through old digital photos instead and came across these two from 4 or 5 years ago.  Of course, I couldn't stop there.  I reminisced for quite awhile.

Opened the linen closet where I keep medicines as well as towels and found a jumble of bandaids on the floor.  I've been finding evidence of Miles's messes all over the house lately.  I can remember Meredith being the same way.  Then it hit me.  It won't be long before Miles will no longer be "messy."  My frustration then turned to sadness.  When we're little we don't mind the messes and then we "grow out of" that which may contribute a bit to our loss of creativity.  I think there's something wrong with that.

So today while I'm doing laundry, I think I'll get out the finger paints and get messy.  (I guess the kids can play too.)  Yep, life is full of contradictions/tensions/opposites like that.  Clean and dirty, play and work, boundary and freedom.  What I know is you have to be willing to play and get dirty in order to exercise your creativity.

Will join me?

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  1. I love your sweet blog and love this post, and I completely agree with the fact that sometimes you have to let loose and get messy and dirty to have real fun! (this coming from a recovering, self-proclaimed "neat freak" lol) My son has taught me all about that!
    This afternoon we sat on the floor together having "clean" fun, playing with his first sticker book that we picked up this morning at the store. Sitting there with him, I realized how lucky I am to have this time to enjoy play with him, and that very soon he'll be going to school and someone else will get to spend his days with him, watching him play and discover. Brought a tear or two to this mama's eyes :(
    I really enjoy your fun and creative blog. I just started doing this blogging thing myself and find it to be very cathartic. Not to mention all the wonderful people I'm meeting. I hope you'll stop by and visit me sometime in my little corner of the blogosphere.
    Sending wishes for a Happy and Playful day to you and yours :)

  2. You know it's a good time when it's a smile with a wrinkled nose!

  3. Ahhhh! Those are too awesome. I love getting stuck looking at old pictures. My husband and I spent hours looks at old pictures and raw footage of the kids the other day.

  4. Perfect...I absolutely love reading your blog. I've been sitting here for the last hour reading. Your sister has an amazing blog, too. You both offer inspiration and remind me that it's ok to have fun, too!


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