Wednesday, September 17, 2008


A few posts ago, I wrote about my three nieces. I watch them one day a week while my sister works. I am thinking of one particular day this summer when it was too hot to play outside. They were getting bored and threatened to plant themselves in front of the television all day. I hate it when they do that because they "zone out" and become like little zombies. Also, the things they watch drive me batty... cartoons certainly have gotten weird since I was little.

I had some coloring books and crayons but they weren't interested. So, I just sat down and started coloring myself. This always has a predictable effect on them; when they see me doing it, they want to do it too. Soon, we were all sitting around the table, coloring together. When we do that, it reminds me of women standing in the kitchen washing dishes (in the old days). It seems that was always when the best conversations got started. It's the same way with coloring together; conversations get started. We share information. They ask questions about life. We surprise each other. We laugh. It's so much better than when they are watching television or playing video games.

This picture is what my youngest niece colored that day. I thought it was so pretty that I framed it. I told her it reminded me of a kaleidoscope. They didn't know what that was, so I explained it to them. It was just one more thing that we shared that day.


Jenny Jill said...

Judy, you are obviously artistic. Do you have any opinion on this: the cover page of my book? I am having discussions with the designer and not getting my point across!

Thank you!

judy in ky said...

Hi Jenny Jill,
I voted for the one showing your dad with his walker. It was more personal, seeing his face and seeing him in his surroundings.
Hope that helps.

anya said...

That's a sweet tale. I believe I'll try that myself with Katy.

Thanks for your comment yesterday. I felt so rotten and that perked me up a bit.

Pam said...

Hi Judy. The girls are so lucky to have you.I have been scrolling back through your posts as I have been out of action for a while. I love the one about the difference in your family and in-laws and have left a comment.It is really delightful to visit here. Thank you!

judy in ky said...

Pam, it's wonderful to hear from you. Did you see the comment I left you when your computer crashed? I have been checking on your site every day while you were away. I have you "bookmarked" and will continue to visit.
It makes me so happy that you like my posts... I just began this month, and appreciate the encouragement.