Tuesday, February 22, 2011

New Use of Creative Space

Our great nephew Jordan has "repurposed" the porch of our creative space. I envision the porch as a writing space for spring and fall days with a nice breeze out of the west making the Alabama humidity tolerable. Where I write prose so poignant and true, that people openly weep as they read my words.
I also see it as a stage for house concerts where touring singer songwriters bare their souls with music new and raw, and our music loving friends lounge around under our hundred year old oak trees, sipping a nice Bordeaux and saying - man, it's good to be alive!
Jilda sees it in terms of light and shadow - color and texture.
Jordan on the other hand sees it as a place where blocks of freshly sawed pine become cars, trucks and buses, with the longer pieces becoming houses, garages, and obstacle courses.
Each time he comes to visit, he says, "we need to go check the barn."
He waits patiently while we put on our shoes and then he runs down through the field as fast as his legs will carry him to the old house and barn. I choose to believe that only a magical place would have this effect on a child this young.
The love of this place is something we share. Another thing  I love about this child, is that whenever he sees Jilda and I, he gets this radient smile on his face that makes my heart soar.
We often argue - I love you more than you love me! NO, I LOVE YOU MORE THAN YOU LOVE ME! It goes on and on.
His mom finishes school until May, and then he starts pre-school in September. I'm sure we'll do babysitting duty from time to time, but the weekly Tuesday and Thursday routine will end.
Some people might think giving up two days a week to sit for a child is big sacrifice.  But I view it as a rare gift. And I think the new creative space is a perfect place to help our imaginations grow.


  1. Anonymous10:07 PM

    I just love little kids, even though I'm still in the mindset of a child. ;) You're lucky to be watching that little one, he seems like a real joy. :D

  2. Ah, the joy of playing with pieces of wood! But making mudpies was my favorite outdoor activity.

  3. Oh, he's so precious! Yes, I can see you'll definitely miss your time with him when the school ends. Enjoy it while you can. :)

  4. Es muy agradable tener niños en casa, hace que la ilusión por la vida se dispare.
    Un saludo

  5. Sorry my previous post, I wrote in my language as a reflex. Said that it is very nice to have children at home, makes the illusion of life shoot.

  6. Babaysitting my grandson gives me a fresh view of life. He makes me happy and hopefully vice versa. I loved being with my grandmother so much that I only hope this child and I bond 1/2 as much! The fact that you do enjoy him says so much for you and Jilda....what a lucky little guy!

  7. I'm sure you're going to miss him terribly when it's time for preschool.


  8. There's something so magical about the imagination of a child. He sounds pretty special. Enjoy your time together. He'll remember it forever.

  9. Awwwwww Jordan is so super adorable!!! Super adorable!!!! I love that he has a great way to use your creative space!! For fun!!! Yay!!!

    Take care

  10. I love front porch concerts, they're always the best. x


  11. Couldn't agree more. Time spent with a child is always a gift.

    Well, okay, almost always. :)

  12. You are so lucky to look at this space through the eyes of a child! Build your own truck!

  13. Your place sounds magical for sure! And Jordan is a cutie. Children are so imaginative and fun. There is always a surprise in store when they are around. I love being a Grandma (YaYa) so I can relive those childhood days!

  14. My dad and I used to argue, "I love you most." Sweet memories, and what a treasure for Jordan to have you two to help him build memories.


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