A year ago, on one of our first outings as a mama-and-two-girls trio, we went to a big giant craft store and bought three bottles of poster paint. Red, yellow, and blue. For kiddie painting projects.
In June, I found some all-natural, juice-only popsicles at the co-op and bought them. For treats on hot summer days. I bet there were 16 in the box.
Ingrid loves to paint, and we do it often, and I’m in charge of doling out the paint. I squirt it onto a piece of cardboard, she uses it up and asks for more, I squirt out a bit more, feeling a little antsy all the while about wasting paint.
It probably goes without saying that she loves popsicles. Who doesn’t love popsicles? I heed the limit-the-juice warnings, though. I give her one on an especially hot day, or at a special time. More often than not the “don’t spoil your child” devil sits on my shoulder as she slurps away, and I slap it back: just this once, I say.
But know what I’ve still got? Three bottles of paint that are less than half used up, and a good three quarters of the box of popsicles still in the freezer.
I am stingy. With art supplies. And hippie popsicles.
Goal for the new (school year): Loosen up. Objective A: Be extravagant with the art supplies. Objective B: Be more generous with the popsicles.