The most recent issue of Hip Mama, on creativity, really struck a chord with me. As an self-described "art family", creativity is something we live out in our daily life, not just in the moments we spend with charcoal and pastels. This quote in particular really spoke to me:
"My kids keep me creative. As mothers we are forced to improvise our existence to meet the chaos of life. A creative mother sings the scrapes and bruises away, makes sushi pizza as requested and takes their babes on fantastic voyages just before bedtime. Kids press our imaginations beyond the limits of reality. They help us find art in every breath." ~ Rose Norton
Don't get me wrong. Much of the day our creativity plays out like this:
*learning the ins and outs of watercolor pencils
* bathroom science experiments
*knights battling in the window
But just as often, our creativity is in this form:
*new bread recipes, enjoyed fresh from the oven*watching Mozart - Die Zauberflote Fur Kinder (a live stage version of The Magic Flute) in German
* made up songs to help weepy, cranky or obstinate little ones laugh
Five little Finnegans jumping on the bed. One fell off and bumped his head. Mama gave him arnica and Mama said, "No more Finnegans jumping on the bed"! Four little Finnegans jumping on the bed. One fell off and bumped his head. Mama gave him arnica and Mama said, "No more Finnegans jumping on the bed"! ...and so on.
Passive creativity, as I like to think of it, is more of the backbone of our life rather than the creative goals or projects we consciously plan. But it really isn't all that passive, is it? This choice we make in every moment, at many forked points during the day, to take the road less traveled by dancing our way creatively through this parenting process...this life.