Day 19. If Parenting Were Like Painting…

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I have been looking at this old painting for a long time. I wasn’t sure how to make what was wrong with it right, but today I tried.

If parenting were like painting, I could cover my mistakes, render them invisible. I could turn grey into yellow. I could take long breaks between brushstrokes and the final product would benefit not deteriorate.

Raising my four year old son has had it’s shares of ups and downs. I think about his spirit a lot when I paint. The world often feels too big, too scary for his sweet soul. I feel inadequate to protect him. The paintings, even the larger ones, are small. I have control over that space. It becomes manageable. I try to create something beautiful.

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Denise Hopkins

November 19, 2016

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