Friday, March 28, 2008

Our artist, the Drummer

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist after he grows up."

- Pablo Picasso

Creating is messy...especially with kids and in our house...creating is LOUD. Moses is our little drummer. We "created" this little musician and we have given him the freedom to use his "strength/skill" on the drum set we got him for Christmas. So we are due with our second Morgan in just days and I was thinking tonight as I hear Moses' feet run to his drums and the excited noise start up...we are about to have a newborn in this house of loudness. What are we going to do? Hide the drums? Hide the sticks? Let him go for it no matter what? Teach him to play soft? Teach him to not play at all for a season? Bigger than that for that case...when do you rein in your child's creativity, his expression, his passion? I keep thinking more and more on this as we see our 20 month old keep on surprising us with his personality. Of course there are limitations but to this but I don't want to---CRUSH. So tonight I have decided, I will not CRUSH. We don't have the answers on the drums. We don't have a newborn in the house yet that I've spent the night up with. Our hope though is that we allow our children to be the artist God has created them to be. Let us not hold them back from experiencing a passionate life-being that artist. So enjoy our little drummer.