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A Day of Painting

The last couple of days I’ve had the best fun I’ve had in ages. Years ago, my kids and I painted a mural in the long narrow hallway between living room and kitchen. They’ve been wanting to re-paint and I promised that we would do so this holiday.

First we had to cover over the old mural with 2 coats of paint. That wasn’t so much fun, but I had the satisfaction of seeing my kids discover that it’s a lot of work, given that A and I have done all previous wall painting, and I’ve done it more than once. However the next day the real fun began.

Each of us got a third of the wall. H painted a scene with colourful penguins on hers. I painted a goofy western dragon and a serious Chinese dragon on mine. M is still working on hers, a meticulous skyscape of Toronto based on a photograph. She has been painting for hours and is still at it.

A was back teaching this week, so his participation has consisted of being called repeatedly to admire our progress, which he has done with aplomb.

Decluttering is good, but sometimes making a mess with paints is even better!

(Photos to follow as soon as M is finished.)



Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

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