Thursday, May 10, 2012

Ninja Art Heals the Soul

After a long, exhausting day of disappointment, dashed expectations, and my son healed it all.  I brought out a big tray of watercolors and paper and we made Mothers day cards, get well cards and little post cards to tuck inside that highlight Elliot's work. We watched my favorite TV show Burn Notice (how appropriate for my condition!) and painted.  I was surprised to find that Elliot was really getting into it!  The more little cards I cut for him, the more he painted.  At one point he commented "I could do this all night!"  Just before tucking him into bed in a fort he's made under a high window seat in his newly rearranged and sorted room, I realized that I had completely forgotten to be in emotional pain.  I went to bed happy with everything in it's new perception.  Emily's decision to stay with us this summer was only an illusion, and with that truth I am free to imagine an construct new plans for new illusions.  Or intentions, or best outcomes, or whatever we do when we think forward while being firmly immersed in the present.

More than anything, this time watching Elliot enjoy making ninja art was one I want to remember.


  1. I'm so glad you were able to go to sleep with peace in your heart, absent and of the turmoil from the day. Elliot's picture made me smile, too. I'd like to imagine all of us have a little ninja in us...

  2. The principle involved here is "keep adding new choices." When you load up, stay busy, accomplish things and have fun you forget to be sad. Have a great Thursday, dear friend Jenny!

  3. Yep, I agree with Shady. Keep it going and before you know it, you'll realize that you've forgotten to be sad for a long while. I've experienced a great deal of loss and pain in the past two years and staying busy has saved my sanity more than once.

    I love Elliot's handiwork! That ninja brought an immediate smile to my face. We paint with watercolors a lot around here on rainy days (like the past two we've had here.) It's fun to see what comes out of the little one's imagination. My son doesn't keep at it for longer than about 30 minutes at this age. I look forward to the day when he'll say something similar to what Elliot told you about being able to do it all night.

    I hope you have a wonderful, blessed day, Jenny!!

  4. Dear Jenny, So happy that Elliot's paintings helped to put things into perspective for you and that you went to bed feeling peaceful. We all felt your disappointment about Emily coming home for the summer, and we know that you are strong enough to overcome this. Here's to new illusions! Loved the Ninja painting by the way.

  5. Good for you to be at peace by moving on and finding other wonderful things to capture your attention and imagination. Isn't it wonderful to watch children enjoying the creative process? They're so free...

  6. What a wonderful way to put behind you those things that lend to unsavory days. What better way to ward off a day like that then with ninja art! Love the watercolor of what appears to be Elliot and his ninja counterpart! Wish you and yours a great weekend!

  7. You have raised a beautiful family of NInja's. Some are just older than others with more spots on their calendar! You will have many more lovely times to remember from your Ninja Emily moments...just not when you were expecting. One of the hardest things for me to accept as the Mother of grown children is I no longer am the one that gets to say when. We never stop learning new that's good, right?
    Hugs on your peaceful and love fested evening.


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