balloon artist

Posted on November 22nd, 2011 by mountain girl  |  6 Comments »

Zia decided to paint some balloons the other day. I don’t know how she got the idea–she has never drawn anything representational before, not even a smiley face. Before I knew it, she was producing balloons left and right.

Then came the second surprise of the day: she colored them in. Always before, she very happily colored everywhere except inside the lines. Of course, me being a self-respecting artist, I would never box her in to something as silly as coloring inside the lines.

So as you can imagine, it blew me completely away to see her effortlessly and naturally coloring her balloons inside the lines. I suppose she just never had a reason to do that before–until she decided to make some nice, rounded balloons.

I should have known her.

She didn’t walk until she was 17 months old, and that was because she wanted to push a tiny shopping cart around. Suddenly, she could walk like a pro–and she wasn’t leaning on that shopping cart, either. She was high-stepping like a little lady on a mission to shop, lifting that cart, flinging it left and right, shoving it in every direction.

I guess that’s just the way she is, walking, painting balloons, or whatever.

Oh, she takes care of herself
She can wait if she wants
She’s ahead of her time
Oh, and she never gives out
And she never gives in
She just changes her mind

– Billy Joel, She’s Always a Woman

(P.S. The rest of the song does not apply to my baby girl.)

6 Responses to “balloon artist”

  1. barefootmama says on :

    Please tell her Me and Niyah age 6 (who is sitting on my lap looking at your blog with me) Think her balloon painting is BEAUTIFUL!! 🙂 Barefoot Mama

  2. barefootmama says on :

    whoops….age 7. She just corrected me..LOL

  3. jodi says on :

    She’s adorable! Go Zia!

  4. 3 amigos says on :

    hi honeeeee……….i’m taking this pix to my 2nd day of work – for inspiration 🙂 beautiful lil bebee 🙂 luv u/mom

  5. mountain girl says on :

    Mom,
    Congrats on your new job! Take care and don’t work toooooo hard!

  6. kait says on :

    That’s great. She reminds me of Charles Wallace from A Wrinkle in Time in that respect.

    Thanks so much for the info on unschooling! Sorry for the late response, but I plan to respond soon!

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