While I was painting our living room floor cloth, I gave my daughter an opportunity to paint a throw away piece of subfloor that we removed from the living room floor and had to replace with new plywood. While I painted, she naturally wanted to paint too, right beside me, and so she did. After I completed the floor cloth, she would join me upstairs on the weekends and add layers of color to her painting.
It wasn't a coincidence that the colors went well together, although it wasn't part of a plan I had either. I simply gave my daughter a connected set of craft paint pots in cool colors. I didn't expect her to fill the subfloor piece with color, nor did I expect to want to keep the piece of subfloor I removed. But, I love the artwork she made and I'm planning to give it a home on our hallway wall.
|Toddlers are abstract art naturals!|
|Another piece of toddler abstract art. Such a pleasant surprise, again!|
To keep her occupied, we sang the waiting song from Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood that says, "When you wait, you can play, sing, or imagine anything!" I sang this to her three times, to which I heard her dancing and singing along. I finished my feathering off and turned around to address what she needed help with.
Then, I saw this:
My daughter was dancing, all right. She was dancing on her painting with her sandals, and dancing her painted sandals all around the kitchen flooring.
The pattern on her soles can be faintly seen in her painting, as pictured here:
It took just a few seconds for my facial expression to change. One look at my face and my daughter ran away further into the apartment, laying more orange footprints with her. After seeking her out to remove her shoes and prevent further damage, I laughed to myself at the humor of the event. Of course, through my toddler, God gave me an opportunity to see the humor in a quiet afternoon with a 3 year old, even in scrubbing orange paint footprints off of our floor.
Now my only predicament is: What side should I display? I wish I had given her another piece of wood so I could mount both! Any ideas for how I could make this reversible?
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