Today, I don't know what came over me, maybe the lovely weather, maybe knowing David wouldn't be home until late...but I felt like after school we needed to go down to the Eastbank Esplanade and paint together instead of rushing home to do chores. Korah still chose to do homework, and Noble was parked in the stroller with an apple, but the rest of us got a little rectangle of paper and "15 minutes" (it was more) to make some art.
Morgen painted a bug she had seen and showed me on the walk out, Noble's apple core, and (of course) a rainbow. Micah painted some beautiful colors before he accidentally dropped his painting over the railing and it floated down onto the bank of the Willamette. I told him some guy will probably pick it up and use it to make his home beautiful, so without even meaning to, he's probably going to make someone really happy!
Taylor took his card and went a ways off to draw, then came back to use the watercolors. It turns out he and I painted the same thing:
|Steamboat, by Taylor|
|Str. Portland, by Mommy|
On the way back, Micah pointed out the water reflecting wavy on the concrete wall under the bridge. He said, "the sun and the water make that!" I stopped to look, and it was beautiful! A thing architects might try to imitate. And I thought about how glad I was to be taking this time to intentionally see the world through my kids' eyes. I came home and found this quote, and I couldn't agree more...
"Arguably, no artist grows up: If he sheds the perceptions of childhood, he ceases being an artist."
--Ned Rorem, American Composer