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Decorating the Garden

02.02.09 | 4 Comments

decorating the garden

Every boy is a decorative artist. From drawing on each other with a Sharpie marker to arranging tacks just *so*, kids have a knack for freeing up their space with spontaneous decoration. This is because they want to, but mostly because they can. To them, art is an adventure in process, without agenda, so they never know what they’ll find or learn with each new experience.

decorating the garden

For us well-meaning parents, it’s easy to overlook the differences between “art” and “decoration.”

decorating the garden

Art happens when we get lost, even while decorating.

decorating the garden

We didn’t know how beautiful the peach would look, after a purple bath.

decorating the garden

Nor could we have predicted how refreshed we would feel after breaking for some oxalis.

snacking on oxalis

When the parents let them be, quite magical things are possible.

decorating the tree house

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