Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Installation Piece

I got a phone call just as I was merging onto the freeway yesterday.

"Hey, what did you do with that pencil after you finished sketching designs for the new kitchen we can't afford yet?"

"I don't remember."

"I'll give you a hint."

"Oh, no."

"Yeah, Proximo found it. Let's just say I think you're going to have to repaint."

"WHAT? No, that can't be. Repaint?"

"It's everywhere on the kitchen walls, and I mean everywhere. Every swath of space between his toes and his head is covered."

"I don't have to repaint, that's what magic erasers are for."

"That won't work."

"It's just pencil isn't it?"

"Yes, but it's EVERYWHERE."

Sure enough, the pencil marks were both abundant and vicious. Huge black marks all over my Pale Ivory walls. Let's just say that I'm totally turning it into What My Kids' Art Says as an installation piece.

(click to enlarge)

While I was diligently scrubbing with the magic eraser, Proximo toddled in next to me and put his head close to mine.

"Sowwy, Mama," he said quietly.

"It's OK, baby," I answered quietly.

I do declare, all of these adventures have really refined my sense of patience and added miles to my fuse.


Mid-week T-Ball Report

El Guille played first base this game and has come up with a strategy to beat all other strategies. First, he crouches next to the base. Second, he covers the base with sand in a surprisingly effective move that prevents the runner from even SEEING the base where they need to go. I am struck with the tremendous totality of his strategery.

Don’t worry, he totally blows it when he sees the runner coming and confesses, “Hey, I hid the base under the sand, it’s right here.”

We’re working on it.

(Portrait of the artist at the unveiling)

Update: I did submit to What My Kids' Art Says, and this is what it says.


The Bakers said...

It's a first that I'm first. I bought stock in Magic Erasers after Frank's child was born. ( " My first two didn't see any need to color on walls when they had paper and coloring books.

GrittyPretty said...

i'm on a no comments break...but this. the non stop antics in your household...and the guerrilla T-ball tactic...

Thinking out loud: Downtown Provo Gallery Stroll needs to have an art show where parents' can submit documentation of their kids' "installations". Sometimes viewers need art that might make them gasp and provokes empathy to parents. Which is what happens to me every time I read your blog.

Kalli Ko said...

I tink Raquel is onto something...

Proximo looks so sweet, so innocent, when in reality he just has an artists soul and must use every available medium to CREATE!

Amy said...


You're asking for it. Watch out! The universe will speak.

Deb said...

Oh my! I can't believe how patient you are. Seriously unbelievable. {I sure hope the universe doesn't pick up on that and start speaking to me!}

Sarah said...

way to be a sweet mom instead of screaming -- like I may. Can't wait for the picture!

fijiangirl said...

Suggestion for the new house: paint all the walls with chalkboard paint, then the kids can experss themselves however they want! You are way more patient than I am.

Sister Pottymouth said...

Magic erasers are the best. But you deserve a gold medal for showing such tender patience to Proximo.

the MomBabe said...

Magic erasers are great. You know, unless you have flat paint. Which we do. Now I have big whitish patches and you can still see the underlying crayon marks. GOOD TIMES.

b. said...

Ohhhh, my.....he wanted to leave his mark for the next family. Proximo is getting so big. He is also still the sweetest boy!

Mojo said...

Ah S! girlfriend.

Shawn said...

I am thinking that erasable chalkboard walls would be a wise choice about now...

Rynell said...

Hooray for Magic Erasers1 Hooray-- it wasn't a Sharpie!

Natalie said...

Oh goodness! I love that little face. And the Sawrry.

I too have announced to the universe -- hey, um, guess what, I'm done. But thanks! It hasn't seemed to work yet.

Amber! said...

Oh, sadness. I have to say that I have been there. Multiple times. Good luck!

Rebecca said...

Just came over from sassyscoops. This is a funny post! My daughter is slowly testing the waters of drawing on walls. So far, I've been able to catch her. So far.