Friday, June 6, 2014

When Pizzas Aren't Just Pizzas, & Smiles Are Truly Smiles

Lil Pumpkin and I have a simple Saturday morning routine. After we wake up, she goes for her Speech & Drama class near home, and when she returns, there’s piping hot pizza waiting for her to eat at lunch. I wish I could say it’s homemade pizza but nahh.. it’s just frozen pizza by Dr Oetkers {so so so good though!} warmed up on my oven :P

I thought that she would get bored after eating it two weeks in a role but nope! She actually remembers and ASKS for it! Every. Single. Week. That's dedication for ya.

Then I realized.. the pizza isn’t just pizza. It's that special time where it's just the both of us slowly relishing a whole pizza on a relaxing weekend that makes her happy. The TV is off, my mobile is kept away, and I'm fully present. No distractions, no mummy nagging at her to finish every morsel quickly... just us sitting on our living room floor having a home picnic with warm comfort food.

And you know what's the best part? I didn’t even have to use expensive ingredients or slave hours making the pizzas; all I had to was to spend a minute taking it out of the box and popping it into the oven, then wait for it to get all crispy and cooked. So darn simple and yet, Lil Pumpkin loves it. She'd give me her widest grin and tell me oh how delicious it was and it was the best thing ever! #truestory

Just another way she reminds me that it's the simple things that truly matter in life, and the things that the kids appreciate, and remember the most.

Sometimes I wonder if I'm a good enough mother for her. Am I doing the best I can for her? I know she smiles and laughs a lot but is she truly happy? I'm not the most patient, or the most stress-free person around {although I think I seem that way to some people!}, and I know that affects the way I parent her. In a rather negative way :/

And then I see these drawings that Lil Pumpkin does.

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Happy, shiney, smiley people. I'm no child psychologist expert, but isn't it true that a child's drawings reflect their feelings and thoughts about life? It is a snapshot of her point of view of her role in the world, her relationships with others, her confidence level etc. If she's drawing such happy smiley people {and I use the term "people" loosely because even her sun and flowers are smiley!} all the time, doesn't that mean she's very happy too?

I know they aren't very elaborate pieces like what she used to do in her art class, but these are purely from her imagination and not guided by anybody. Which I feel makes them even more special :)

It gives me great joy to see her draw like like this, and I hope they always stay bright and cheerful. I wish our weekends were longer, or I could go travel with her more often as holidays tend to make me less stressed {obviously} but realistically speaking, that probably won't happen too soon. I'm staying on in my job for these reasons which still hold true to me, finding ways to be less stressed and to be little less hard on myself, and a little more satisfied with the fact that what I'm doing is really, good enough.

What do your kids like to draw?
Do you look at your kids' drawings to find hidden meanings into their world too? 

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12 comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

Awww, her drawings are beautiful! She seems like a very happy young lady!

Kaz @ Melting Moments said...

Such bright and happy drawings :)

preschoolmummy.com said...

Lil Pumpkin's drawings are beautiful! Do you keep them? I keep all my boys drawings in a display folder, per year. I can't bear to throw any away. I love seeing my kids expressions of selves in their illustrations. So special. So pure!

Adrine said...

I love the part about "being present" with no distractions and no mobile phones!! It's something I alwiz set out to do, but sometimes get distracted ;-) This is a lovely reminder for me.

Susan said...

Lil Pumpkin drawings are indeed filled with sunshine. I love seeing what Sophie draws too and have started to include them in my Project Life which she is utterly flattered by. I noticed that Sophie likes including rainbows in her drawings and I think it's a reflection of her bright and optimistic personality too.

Ai Sakura said...

Masshole Mommy: thank you!

Kaz: yup, I think so too ;)

preschoolmummy.com: I keep them but unfortunately I don't have a very systematic way to organise them. I usually laminate some. Should get proper folders too!

Adrine: no worries.. never too late to try!

Susan: That's a very good idea! Lil Pumpkin loves to draw rainbows too. We gave some away to her grandparents a few weeks back heh

Grace said...

Gorgeous post. I truly believe that children thrive on rituals and I think Lil Pumpkin wants to have pizza because she knows the bonding time that comes with it.

My boys love drawing volcanoes. And while they draw it they explain it - so cute! Like they're little scientists! :)

Stacy said...

Hey don't overthink things. Just be. :)

robomum said...

Gorgeous! Our go-to meal is frozen sausage rolls. My kids love them, so they eat them, which makes everyone super happy!

oomph. said...

by the looks of everything you guys do as a family...all your activities, you're doing a great job, mom! my son and i used to have a similar ritual with swim class, then a happy meal after.

Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me said...

I totally agree as my kids are always drawing pics of our family, or dinosaurs, well the boys! Love the pizza date. xx

mail4rosey said...

Aww, those are cute drawings, and they do say the drawings reflect the feelings/influences of the little ones. :)

I have drawings from all 4 of my kiddos put aside. I love keeping them, they are some of my favorite mementos.