Yesterday we celebrated my daughter’s 5th birthday, (Her name is Grace for those who don’t know.) and I got to say, I feel proud and sad at the same time.
Overall, I’m proud of what Louie and I have accomplished as parents so far. From the sleepless nights of feeding a peanut-sized baby girl to chasing around a little kid around the house, until WE tire out. All of this being done, while she and I worked opposite work schedules and STILL managed to live comfortably. (Granted, we continue to live paycheck to paycheck. Let’s face it, the economy is going no where still.)
She’s made me so proud, with how far she has come in school and how she’s become so creative. Sometimes, I stop and wonder, where did our creativity go as we grew older. Did maturity and circumstance douse our many of the creative fires we had as children?! Or did it just hid away until our children could find it and point it out to us once again. Truly, it’s a perplexing dilemma, trying to find that spark of inspiration or the drive to create something SHINY and NEW. But maybe I’m thinking or searching to hard to realize that my own creations aren’t solely from the mind or the heart, but from EVERYWHERE AROUND US.
Experiences, our senses, the passage of time; the seed of creation is all right there! For children, it isn’t that deep, they look to us, school, their friends and what they see and learn. But as they age, the picture of their creativity becomes a jigsaw puzzle, that only continues to add more pieces as the time goes by.
Perhaps, that is why I should be striking while the iron is hot, while there are less pieces to the puzzle.
Away from my rambling now, let me get back to my girl’s big day. It was filled tons of laughter as she led her friends around the park and they eventually got to beat on a My Little Pony pinata. Mike Tyson in his prime couldn’t beat the ring time these kids had with poor lil’ “Pinky Pie”. In 8 seconds flat, Grace and ten other children decapitated and spit the poor pinata in half. They were happy as clams; WE…WERE…HORRIFIED!!
Needless to say, they had a blast; especially when Grace got her brand new FART GUN. OH YEAH! Nothing makes laugh uncontrollably like when people fart. The smell is negligible…all she cares about the rip.
As of tomorrow, summer vacation will start for both Louie and Grace. (Louie is a teacher.) So I’ll be picking up the pace at work and pulling the weight for a couple months. It’s gonna suck, but I sort of feel re-energized where I left my writing behind.
Hopefully, you’ll be reading more from me and I’ll sharing more of my writing.