Our house is fairly continuously abuzz with some sort of creativity occurring. Whether it be sewing, Lego building, drawing, inventing, building, story telling, writing, costume concocting and more...something is being made.
With all of this creating and making we are bound to come up with some that are amazing...and also some that are not. Some will inevitably fall flat.
But, even with the failures we learn and have fun and take notes...
This last part I try to stress often. To myself, but mostly to Violet who has on too many occasions had a meltdown mid-make. She loves to create freely and on a whim, but sometimes when a project is left open ended for each individual to create as they wish she expects herself to make "the most amazing thing" (Incidentally, the book "The Most Magnificent Thing" is one of our favorites!) and when she doesn't see it going that way she implodes.
It's so hard to see this happen. The meltdown, the worry, the disappointment. The only thing we can do is to stress the importance of trying, experimentation, and that sometimes things don't work out as we planned. It's funny because, as much as I like things to be "just so" I am also quite often a "fly by the seat of my pants" kind of gal...so, while she and I share a lot of similar personality traits, these meltdowns are somewhat foreign to me.
This past weekend Violet and I (Henry began with us but was pulled away for some light saber play with neighbors...) worked on our latest project for the Petit a Petit family blog. We had a blast together! We chatted and sang and toiled away for some time working together. There were no meltdowns. No creative process implosions. Just two creative minds working in tandem on one singular project.
What was different between this project and an Easter egg dying meltdown that we had a few weeks ago? A couple of things, it was only two of us and it was a structured project, not an open ended one. There was a known end game. In all actuality though, I had worked for a couple of hours earlier that morning trying to develop the best way to go about the project in order to make it "kid friendly", she didn't see (until after I was finished) all of the different "prototypes" I went through. I did tell her though as I was showing her the ones that "weren't quite right".
In the end...we will still create both in a structured environment and an open ended one. We know that there will be differences. We will stress the importance of being gentle on yourself. We will (hopefully) learn when we fail and celebrate when we don't.
This past weekend's project? Well, as far as we are concerned celebration was definitely called for!
Have a great day!