The last time I did an art project was probably whenever they stopped making us do art in school. And I was never very good at it. But Adeline makes me want to create things. Before we moved to Denver I had made this beautiful little nursery for her. I worked my butt off painting all the walls and then adding a hand-painted border. It was awesome. Then we had to pack up all the stuff and say goodbye to that adorable nursery. I may have sat in the empty room and cried before we left for the last time. Maybe. I was only two months post-partum, cut me some slack.
Anyways, I’ve recently completed another little art project for Addie. It’s nothing spectacular, but I’m excited about it:
It’s two little watercolors based on the amazing children’s book, Wherever You Go, My Love Will Find You. My friend Margaret suggested the book to me and I totally love it. In more detail:
The poem goes:
“And if someday you’re lonely, or someday you’re sad / Or you strike out at baseball, or think you’ve been bad
Just lift up your face, feel the wind in your hair / That’s me, my sweet baby, my love is right there.”
The first time I read these two verses I started crying. (Why is there so much crying in this post? I swear I’m not sitting at home alone weeping all day. Only sometimes.) And two close-ups:
I hope as she gets older she’ll keep them in her room as a reminder of how much her mama loves her. But eventually she’ll probably replace them with posters of some disgusting teen idol. Or maybe 100 collectible trolls. Either way, she’s sure to think my not-very-good art isn’t worthy of her room. Sigh.
And now, a bonus picture! Addie in an adorable pair of overalls that were mine when I was a baby. It all comes full circle.