Not all things in life are easy peasy
So this week and last, Cherry and I have been working on art projects, because she absolutely loves art and we needed something to do while Chloe was at gymnastics. It’s really inspiring to watch her spend countless hours painting or making little sculptures. Last week, we bought a cardboard house and she spent the entire day painting the outside and inside, after all, a house does have to have furniture.
Yesterday, we took a whack at painting on canvases. She chose to make her own rendition of The Blossom Years, by Jin Rwei. We were sketching the flowers onto the canvas when I noticed that she had stopped, and hung her head. “What’s wrong?” I asked.
“It doesn’t look good.” Big tears rolled down her cheeks. I carried her away from the art table and she buried her big head in my shoulder and wouldn’t look at me. We had the talk about working hard and having patience to become successful at what we do. Chloe spends at least 3 hours, 4 days a week at gymnastics – no wonder she does well! Anyway, the talk progressed into “I don’t want to do this flower anymore” and “I want to switch paintings with you” (We were painting the same flower). Then we had the no-giving-up talk, which didn’t really change things.
I let her be and came back 5 minutes later to see her back at the art table sniffling and sketching. Oh, how many of us probably identify with that moment. Fighting back the tears to endure and accomplish our task. Ok – so I made it sound really cheesy, but really, it is bittersweet and triumphant. We finished our sketches and filled them with color. It was so much fun and by the end of it, she loved her painting and was very proud of it. Cherry is my hero.
Anyway, I wanted to share that because 1.) it was such a good reminder to me about how I should be always working hard 2.) you can learn so much from children and 3.) learning to work hard is beautiful. Number 2 reminds me of the talk Become as Little Children by Jean A. Stevens.
“If we have a heart to learn and a willingness to follow the example of children, their divine attributes can hold a key to unlocking our own spiritual growth …
This important truth was evidenced some years ago as a member of the Seventy was on assignment in Hong Kong. He visited a very humble ward that was struggling in many ways, unable to provide for its own needs. As the bishop described their situation, the General Authority felt the impression to have the members pay their tithing. The bishop, knowing their dire circumstances, was concerned about how he could carry out that counsel. He thought about it and decided he would approach some of the most faith-filled members of his ward and ask them to pay their tithing. The next Sunday he went to the Primary. He taught the children about the Lord’s law of tithing and asked if they would be willing to pay tithing on the money they earned. The children said they would. And they did.
The bishop later went to the adults in the ward and shared with them that for the past six months their faithful children had been paying tithing. He asked them if they would be willing to follow the example of these children and do the same. The people were so touched by the sacrifices the children were willing to make that they did what was necessary to pay their tithing. And the windows of heaven were opened. With the example of these faithful children, a ward grew in obedience and in testimony.”
Anyway, yes, thank goodness not everything in life is easy peasy. Here are some pictures from our art adventures 🙂