Corner View: Love in my corner

My two and a half year old is painting. She is using my old watercolors from a palette and paining on real watercolor paper while Mozart plays softly on the radio. There is a beautiful morning sunshine coming through the slide door, such perfection. Her tiny hand, grasping a camel hair paint brush, travels from left to right as she says, "Water, paint, paper", it's the steps I taught her to paint. She taps off the excess water on the old yogurt container before creating a wonderfully voluptuous shape on the paper. It's a bright green, followed by streaks of black, royal blue... I sip my tea. Watching her paint brings such joy. I feel like such a wonderful mother. She had two eggs for breakfast, she even said,"Mozart, Mommy!" when the strings from A Little Night Music began. How easy it is to be in love with my corner during moments like this.

What a contrast to the several moments last week when I didn't feel like such a wonderful mother. The day she ate only snack foods because I was one step out of time with her meals and she was always too full to eat the substantial whole foods. Instead she had fig newtons, apple slices, rice cakes, animal crackers, regular crackers... I wasn't so in love with my corner of the world then. Nor was I on that day August just wanted to keep watching movies and videos and the hours passed without our reading time, numbers, alphabet, games, songs, playing house or doing anything I'd call constructive. When I'd turn off a video she would just roam the house, not interested in anything except bringing me more DVDs. I felt like such a failure having ignored the warnings and maybe introduced her to screen time too early in her life. 

This theme of love in my corner conjures an image of a boxing ring where I sit in the corner with Love mostly, then the bell sounds... I leave Love to dance about, throwing punches wearing myself out only to fall and stay down a bit before making my way back to Love. I can always see that corner.  I love being in it, I feel I spend most of my days there. Even when I am in the throws of some battle, discouragement or obstacle, I don't lose sight. The goal is to put Love in all the corners, not just one.

I don't buy bad snacks. We don't own a television and she goes days without a video, clip or movie on the computer. The steps back to the Love in my corner.


Blogger likeschocolate said...

Beautiful! Happy Valentines Day!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015  
Blogger simply bev said...

Wonderful post! You're setting a great example for your daughter.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015  
Blogger Theresa said...

Way to go Mama!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015  
Blogger Heather said...

Love this and would like to read more, more, more! I have televisions in almost every room, but I try not to turn them on during the week - other than for the morning news in the morning. I get so much more done in the evening - not just "more" in quantity, but also more in quality.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015  
Blogger jgy said...

Really sweet view of Love!!♡

Wednesday, February 11, 2015  
Blogger Menthe Blanche said...

Your approach is very good I think. We have a television at home and sometimes I think it would be better without. We just watch it in moderation...well what we're trying to do :)

Thursday, February 12, 2015  
Blogger Beth said...

Lovely post! I esp. like the last part about always heading back to the corner of love.
As for the other, we all have had days like --I even feel that way sometimes as a grandmother when they want to see videos and shows only we have(not their dad) and I'm thinking we should play a board game.

Thursday, February 12, 2015  
Blogger Kari said...

i know too well your description of that 'August day'!! It happens, life is that up and down...but yes.....Love remains.
sending you hugs.

Friday, February 13, 2015  
Blogger Mezza May said...

A perfect moment indeed! I didn't have too many of those with my older two kids - I remember it being chaos most of the time!! Except story times, when we'd all snuggle into my bed together and we'd read book after book...they were fully attentive, calm and maybe would have read for hours and hours had I not got bored myself!

Saturday, February 14, 2015  
Blogger ♥ tinyWOOLF ♥ said...

kids will be fickle, no? you are making such a great, conscious job of motherhood, you're giving all that you can. the ring's an odd comparison, but i get it... give yourself plenty of down time, i mean positive down, right? x n♥

Sunday, February 15, 2015  
Blogger Francesca said...

they're all - always - steps forward to the Love in your corner :)

Monday, February 16, 2015  
Blogger :) said...

Being a mother or a father raises difficult questions, but these questions offer beautiful steps towards love...

Tuesday, February 17, 2015  

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