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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Valentines and the Blue Superhero

I helped my granddaughter make these valentines. Helping a little one with an art project...well, I was an art teacher for many years, but it's always a bit of a struggle for me. I have my ideas and want things to go a certain way, mine! I can admit this--to bring in some astrology, I'm a Taurus--a fixed earth sign--I don't budge too easily, plus I have quite a few other fixed signs making some tough aspects to each other. So I have to consciously try to help in a non controlling way.

We talked about supplies and I listened to what she wanted--she used a stencil to draw her heart, (I would have loved to have her free-draw her wiggly long and misshapen hearts!), but I didn't push the free handed stuff. She had me draw my heart within hers, then we dripped rolled and finger spotted the cards with red paint. After that she wanted glitter. She would have stopped there and been perfectly happy.

Me, on the other hand kept walking past all these cards laid out on the floor, always thinking about what they could use...hmm...later, while Patience slept, I brought out stickers, stamps, glue, pink Easter grass and those fabric petals that come in different colors, ahhh! I almost started to put these things onto the cards myself, but stopped... instead, I had to remind myself that these were hers.

Oh, but those supplies came in handy the next day--she had to get up and be fully dressed for school--socks shoes and glasses included, before she could see the surprise on the table--(getting ready in the morning has been an ongoing challenge) It worked! She loved putting on all the little extras. OK, I admit, I did put on those petal hearts, but only after her approval and permission.
My husband found the blue superhero on the beach--great find!

8 comments:

Martha Miller said...

love these! (BTW from your spelling editor: it's petal...)

Martha Miller said...

unless they WERE bicycle peddles...

michaela said...

I love it. I wish p was my valentine.

Susan Beauchemin said...

Oh right, petal...I wish spelling came easy to me--now I'm embarrassed.

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P is your valentine!!

michaela said...

actually mom I'm glad you can't spell because then i can just blame you for the reason i can't spell. I think you passed it on to me in your DNA :)

Susan Beauchemin said...

Oh wonderful! I'm sure I did pass that along--and I believe it is a sort of learning disability--sorry about that Michaela--it's beyond my control, except maybe we can always carry a spell check, but even then I still flub up. I saw a shirt once that said, 'Bad Spellers Untie!' I loved that!

Dean Grey said...

What lovely valentines, Susan.

You, I mean, your granddaughter should be pleased. Hee hee hee.

I'm a Taurus too! Hooray for us!

And I love that Batman Beyond figure! Why is he blue though? In his stealth mode perhaps? Hmmmm....

-Dean

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