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Then I thought about how I begin my day. I get out of bed at 6:30--although I'm often awake before that, and perhaps have already fetched my youngest when she awoke, helped her to the bathroom, and taken her back to my room. I get into the shower. I get dressed, I pack two lunches, I get two kids off to school. Somewhere between 8 and 8:10 I can sit down with a cup of coffee; if I'm lucky I can drink it instead of pouring it into a travel mug and heading out somewhere else with my youngest. The start of my day doesn't lend itself to feeling creative. It mostly makes me grumpy.
She does mention that her "dumbest" idea was thinking she could have it all. (She has one child.) "I set out to have a family, have a career, be a dancer, and support myself all at once, and it was overwhelming. I had to learn the hard way that you can't have it all, you have to make some sacrifices, and there's no way you're going to fulfill all the roles you imagine...[w]hat makes it stupid is that I set up a way of working that was in direct conflict with my personal ambition. Something had to give." She doesn't mention (in that passage, anyway) what gave. I'm curious, though.
My philosophy of art-with-children is very much biased towards freedom, exploration, and self-led creativity. I love finding an inspiring book or two. And if you happen to live near Long Island (if only we had a boat, I bet we could get there in no time from here!), she offers classes and workshops, some of which are at the Jackson Pollock House (I want to visit!!). We also have Action Jackson out of the library at the moment. When I finished reading it to my three-year-old, the first thing she said was, "When can I paint like that?" I'm working on that one--and I love that she asked!
So, are you reading any inspiring books at the moment?