Before I had kids, I imagined that I was going to be a 'fun Mum'. You know the ones? They are super organised, and are happy to do painting and play-dough and drawing and paper-mache. I thought with all my experience as a childcare worker, it would be easy. I painted, crafted and did numerous activities with 16 children every day, how hard would it be with a couple of my own?
Turns out, for me, it's very hard.
In childcare, it was easy. The supplies were all readily available, the environment was safe and kid-friendly, we had routine, I had another person working with me (so clean up was SO much easier), and most importantly, I had to.
You know how many times Charlie has done paint, or playdough, or anything messy? Once. Today. And honestly, it may be the last time until he goes to kindy.
Watching Georgie splatter paint all over the deck, and rushing around trying to wipe it all off.... racing over to stop Charlie gobbling big globs of (toxic-bad mummy) paint and having him wail at me like I've stolen his favorite toy (but I love to eat the paint Mummy!) while I wrestle him to wipe his mouth..... trying to stop Georgie from wiping her hands all over the chairs.... trying to wipe paint off the dog, who was stupid enough to be sitting under Georgie's chair and got a paintbrush dropped on her head.... trying to stop paint covered paper blowing all over the deck.....
It is not my idea of a good time, and it leaves me with an eye twitch, and a strong desire for a glass of wine or a block of chocolate.
I am just not naturally a crafty creative person. I don't like paint on my clothes, or on my kids clothes. I don't like paint on my furniture. I don't like having to clean up more than usual. I don't like dried play-dough smooshed into couches. I don't enjoy finding random bits of feathers and pipe cleaners everywhere. I. Just. Don't. Like. It.
Maybe I am just out of practice. Maybe I need to take a bit of a chill pill about the whole paint-and-other-crafty-substances-all-over-my-house thing (and slip one of those pills into Shane's coffee while I'm at it). Maybe it will get easier. Maybe I will buy some non-toxic paint and a few more art supplies. And maybe I will try to do something crafty again sometime in the future.
But not for a very, very long time.
Flogging with Grace today :)