The Original cricket Club member! & as I look at her photo holding her flamingo a smile crosses my face because it seems like yesterday she was in pony tails and we where getting ready to go swimming, play with Larry - the gecko - make some thing incredibly cool - like a lady bug flower pot wind chime! When I taught kids in the studio was by far some of the best days of my life. I've blogged about Madison before, it was nothing new to have a kid ask if they could stay over and be my helpers - which was something I could use (kids & crafts = mess) especially when I was offering full days in the summers, it was a great way for me to offer families with more than one kid - free classes in exchange also. I had repeat clients & some with 3 or more kids - and I understood how expensive things could get. ;)
I couldn't believe when I saw Madisons incredibly cute baby on instagram! Time flies & it is 'the time' because she's not the only kid I taught having children' - it's so fun & amazing to witness - I can't resist as I think - hahaha- I shall teach them all crafts, wait till they are older - do I have stories for them - "Your mom ate a cricket!" "Your dad use to pick his nose with his pencil & show us because he thought it was hilarious", "Your dad brought his pet Duck everywhere!"... "Your pet pig ate you moms fancy high heels and she nearly had him for breakfast & that is why you are at this last second craft class! (so mom can cool down)" lol Oh my gosh I'm giggling.. - when he/she was 8.
How did this happen.. time flies.
& time flew on Sunday, I lost all track as we sat, painted flamingos & discussed all from birth, babies to buds. I was of course happy to hear Madison is educated on cannabis but I knew she had gone to school, finished her education & has a career, married & now a baby! Life - as it is.. she continues to be educated, passionate & creative and that smile makes me think she's 12 again eating a grasshopper - just so we would get on with he craft! How blessed am I that Madison visited and painted - 15 years later - wow. ;) Now a MOM herself, a beautiful little baby girl 4 months - I remember how difficult those times could be - not as peachy as social media portrays it to be for sure. Madison has a terrific family, husband & friends- I've no doubts she will be a great mom - wait until she teaches her daughter how to paint, what a lucky little girl.
When the kids were little I'd usually ask each of them - "What do you want to be when you grow up"" I often heard "an art teacher, like you!" It's true - we had fun & created many masterpieces in this basement... I of course took all of them for their word - lol so when I hear, when I ask NOW: Are you still painting, still working with art?
and the reply is "No." I usually say something - like "Well that's a waste of a talent!" lol
and they are not shocked.. they usually laugh and hopefully they pick up a sketch book later.
I saw it! I can see the talent in kids & adults still - it's energy.
Once we sketched our birds & I explained acrylic paint and how I paint - she did 'her thing... just like then she was 12 - I admired it then & NOW. Don't forget to do your thing!
I remember her brother & sister too- those were not always perfect situations because siblings still have a tendency to aggravate each other- even at summer camp. These kids were all talented and lovely little humans & still are today - even if they don't make signs that say "Reindeer parking here!" & I'd also give that credit to mom & dad who were two very hard working parents & always put the kids first.
Kids & parents, thank you - Time of my life.
I absolutely enjoyed every moment painting with Madison and she is welcome to join me again. I be neat to get all the cricket club kids - over for a painting classes and bong session ;) hee hee
Grateful doesn't begin to describe how I feel about my life most days.
With TLC & THC