Life is Messy

On the way home from school today, H#1 announced she had a project she needed to do. This is a regular occurrence, these projects. Sometimes they involve a stick, some tape and paper to make a flag. Other times it might be some leaves, a pine cone and glue to make a peacock. One time she even made an entire centerpiece arrangement made from rocks, a vase, some dried hay and Queen Anne's Lace. As my mom said today,

"She has more imagination than I ever dreamed of having..."

Today's project involved finding some leaves and some dirt, to which she needed to add some water.

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But these were no ordinary mud pies, no sir, and how dare you suggest something so base? There was a very specific order to this project, as there always is, and her little brother fell into line next to her, asking her for instructions along the way.

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By the end, they were covered head to toe in mud, Gramps' and Granny's newly painted deck was a swampy mess,

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H#3 was throwing his food Pollock-style, as if to join in on the artistry,

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and the new furball looked on with questioning puzzlement.

My mom followed up her comment on the Hatchlings' combined creativity, saying,

"...or if I did have that much it was certainly stifled before it got to this point. I guess that's why I let them do it."

I guess that's why I swallowed my protests when H#1 brought it up. And why I choked on my shock when I walked out and actually saw the extent of their project. And why I quit thinking in complaints about the running around, cleaning up, tick removal and lack of naps today brought. And why I quickly grabbed my camera to document this mess-making extravaganza. Because life is messy. And sometimes, even though it's not what we pictured, that's what makes it fun.

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