The Soulful Artist

Life. Art. Transcendence.

Day 15 of My 30 Days of Creativity Challenge.

This past year has allowed me to slow down, see what’s important, and who is important. I’ve spent a lot of time with my daughter this past year, not that I didn’t before because we do almost everything together. For those of you that don’t know, my Grace had “Special Abilities” and being a mom of a child with special abilities can be a challenge. It’s been a learning experience for sure, and there have been many tears shed both by myself and my child (probably more by me). My tears are mostly done in private, in the shower. If you know my child, you know that she’s pretty sharp, keen in her observations, has a kind and loving disposition. I have so much to say, but honestly, I know that compared to most, my/our/her challenges are mild.

She’s had a L O N G year with this pandemic. She lost her connection to her social life, and has been stuck with her dad and I. When she asked me to make her a “Damnit Doll” yesterday, it was a no brainer for me. She rarely asks us for anything. A damnit doll is a doll that you can slam when you’re angry or frustrated. I’m really not much into sewing, but I’ll try. So today we made a damnit doll. We cut out a pattern, then cut up an old scrub top of mine. We were pretty impressed at what emerged. She’s happy to have a healthy outlet, and is proud to have helped me make it. The best part was the connection we shared as we made it. Lots of laughing, lots of discussion about healthy outlets for anger, and just time spent creating together.

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