Last night, I had a date night with Evan. His preschool has a special evening where moms are invited to share time with their preschooler and do some of the daily activities with them (dad's get their chance in the spring). I am the first to admit some of my downfalls as a mom. For instance, I don't like the kids making messes so I rarely do any type of crafts with them - hey I said I would admit it ;-). Fortunately the boys have their father who lets them paint and get messy. I also have the bad habit, by some chance they are doing something messy, of doing the work for them so they won't make a mess. It's a little weird, because it doesn't bother me if the boys get down and dirty outside. Afterall they are boys, but the thought of glitter, glue, paint or beads all over the dining room just makes me have a panic attack. Besides, I will also be the first to admit that I am not an artsy, creative, designing type. So maybe that has something to do with it. It is too much of a chore to do art projects with the boys especially if I don't enjoy it.
Okay so let's get back to the story at hand. Last night we were given two art projects to do with the kids while we were at school with them. I kinda was stressing out about it all day long, knowing that I was going to have to do art with Evan. I know, I know!
So when it came time to do the first art project, I was super worried. It involved cutting straight lines and gluing beads - AGHHH!!!! But to my amazement, Evan sat down, immediately took his scissors and started cutting. "Mom, you need to cut along the lines." And when I say "cutting", he was actually cutting out the proper shapes. What? I have tried to show him how to use scissors and I know that his Babci has tried too. He won't do it correctly for either one of us.
I also noticed that most of the moms there were doing the art project for the kids. I didn't know what I should do, so I sat back and watched in sheer AMAZEMENT of my big boy! After he cut out the shapes, he took the glue and began spotting it to attach the beads. No mess, no hurry to complete it just a pure intense creative spirit emerging in front of my eyes. I watched as he placed each bead in its' proper place, his tiny fingers holding each bead, his lip bit in concentration.
My eyes teared up and I was repeating "DO NOT start crying" over and over again in my mind.
He is growing up quickly and it took a candy corn to make me realize it all over again!