Mandy left for work around 5 p.m. Bill was here when she snuck out the front door -he had Maya distracted back in the bathrooms. Saves a little bit on the nerves with less risk of a major meltdown occurring from the separation anxiety factors that often crop up when Mandy leaves for work. Tonight, it went smoothly -no tantrum. Only asked one question about "Where's Mommy?" to which Bill answered her "She went out." He offered no more explanation than that and for a change, it seemed to satisfy her.
Last year -or maybe it was clear back in late fall, early winter of 2006 -not sure right now - but for a while then, we had a lot of problems with Maya wanted to draw or color but she preferred the walls to her coloring books. Mandy and I had many days back then when we spent hours trying to scrub crayon circles and drawings from the living room's ecru walls. Then she seemed to lose interest in that type of mural artwork.
However - yes, you know there is always that damned "however" don't you? - it seems she has decided to go back into the mural-type art again.
This morning, Mandy scrubbed the wall by the hallway and bathroom door - all done up with not just crayon scribbles but she had discovered and managed to snag some pens too - so it was not a happy camper that Mandy was as she rubbed and scrubbed to get those designs off the wall.
Tonight - not ten minutes ago -that dangerous time had entered here. You know, when you have a small child who is usually either busy zipping around the house or jabbering but when that child gets quiet for more than say 5 minutes, alarms go off in your head. Yeah, those alarms went off for me as I was typing in a comment on someone's blog and realized I hadn't heard any activity from Maya for a little while. I swiveled around in my chair and there she was, standing on the sofa, my little Picasso junior, hard at work.
Notice, in the upper left corner, it looks kind of like she was drawing a car or maybe a train -nicely outlined though and with a different color between her outlining too. I thought the fact she had written "MOM" in the center to be a very nice touch too, don't you?
Here we have the bottom portion of her talented drawing. Kind of looks like she was attempting to show a dinosaur there -maybe. Apparently watching a Barney video was quite inspiring to her!
Now, to find the "Mr. Clean" or a clorox sponge - whatever will work to remove this artistic display without taking all the skin off my knuckles or making too many scratch type marks in the paint and plasterboard here and to get it all done before her Mom and Dad both return home too. AH yes, time to clean.
I'm not going to complain too much though -it could always be worse. She could have decided to draw with the same substance her uncle and mother used to use on the walls of their bedroom when they were about 2-3 years old. At least this stuff doesn't stink.