Mo helped me pull the last bit of straightening up The Basement today. (Thank you so much!) I have an 18 month old grandson who isn't showing any understanding that Grandmama's art supplies are sacred territory...unlike my great-neice who very well understood that Aunt Karen's supplies were not to be messed with unless she was there to give permission and guidance.
Yesterday I was at The Studio and started another scarf on the needle felt machine. I felted together dreadlocks of wool together and plan to lay it over a silk scarf or shawl. Adrian, my oldest son, hung out with me yesterday while there...he likes the feel of the place. I spent the time bouncing ideas off of him about what he sees for his own future. One of the ideas I threw at him was up-cycling furniture into art furniture...he turned it over but I don't think he quite caught the vision. Its my prayer that he settles himself down and focus.
Ade helped Mr. Williams, an award winning retired photo-journalist, photograph a wedding last weekend. Ade is a laid back and cool, calm, and collected young man when not around immediate family, but he was hyped and excited and nervous in a good way before and after working with Mr. Williams. We love to see him excited...of my 3 children, he carries the artist spirit.
I don't know why I've interjected tidbits about my family other than creating a partial recollection of the past week I've shared with them...or possibly sharing the creative connections we've had this week. I don't know if Khalil Gibran had children of his own...but some years ago, a sistah friend introduced me to his poem, On Children and when I'm contemplating healthy boundaries with my children who are young adults, I reflect on Gibran's poem.