“Mothering should involve both taking care of someone who is dependent and at the same time supporting that person in his or her efforts to become independent.” – Signe Hammer
I really wanted to paint today and I had 2 extra canvases in my store room. I let Z participate too and thought she could paint on her canvas while I paint on mine. I’d put on her smock, and each of us would end our session with a beautiful piece of work.
Easier said than done! Z liked using my paint brushes but wanted to touch the paint with her fingers.
Problem was, I don’t have finger paint, just acrylics. Oh well. The paint washed off with some vigorous soap scrubbing! Z was tempted to touch the paint blobs….
… and once she did so, she would look down at her fingers ….
and say , “Oh No!” I would reassure her it was ok and then encourage her to use the brush.
After 5 minutes, Z was done, but I wasn’t! Z then proceeded to STEP on my painting, and walk off the sheet on the floor, and take a few steps around the kitchen. Luckily, everything was cleaned, and I had to stop my painting in the middle. It does have an interesting effect though and if you look carefully, you can see her foot prints!
“And [He has subjected] whatever He multiplied for you on the earth of varying colors. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who remember” (Quran 16:13).