You know that moment when you are acutely aware that you’re stepping out of your comfort zone and doing something that you wouldn’t normally do? Something that makes you want to head for the hills or run screaming from the room, but you stop and do it anyway? Yep, that happened this week and it was all because of the #ThroughMyChildsEyes Challenge.
#ThroughMyChildsEyes Challenge Week 3 Update
The youngest and I went to an Open House at the local community arts center where she takes dance and singing lessons this past Saturday. It was rainy, dreary, and a downright bad day for naturally curly hair. In my eyes, I was a hot mess. In her eyes, I was her awesome mom who was having fun with her. The contrasting visions didn’t escape me and I tried valiantly to see myself through her eyes and not my own jaded ones.
At the Open House they had five stations that you could rotate through to find out more about the different classes. The first station was face painting in the music room, so that was a definite hit with the girl. The next station was….a photo booth. A photo booth with props and all of these strangers waiting around to take your picture. To take my picture.
Sweet baby Jesus, hold me now.
The ever-so-helpful woman in charge of props presented my daughter with the basket and said, “What should mom wear?” Which is how I ended up wearing a curly blue clown wig. And then the other ever-so-helpful volunteer urged us to pick out a cardboard frame and “get in the picture!” I smiled and got in that picture with my daughter despite wanting to run out of that room…which I might add was floor to ceiling mirrors. Yeah. It was torture on many levels.
But we did it and when we went back later to pick up the photo, my daughter looked at me and said, “I love this picture. You can really tell how much fun we were having today. We look great together!”
Yes, my dear, sweet, innocent daughter, it is all of those things and more. It is us, together, living through the memories we make of your childhood.
Ironically, while browsing through the art center’s Facebook page later that night, there was our picture front and center in their post about what a fun day it was. I’m not a fan of the photo (hence why I’m not posting it), but I am a fan of making the conscious effort to get in the picture. #ThroughMyChildsEyes, it’s one of the best pictures ever. And that’s what the whole challenge is about, right?
How is your challenge going? Share your update with us! Be sure to check out Michelle’s update on Homeschool-Your-Boys.com!