For better or worse, I’m going to draw more

Friday, January 15th, 2016

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My girls and I write a lot of stories. Most of them are hastily-written pieces that I want to get down on my computer screen because I simply hate the idea of not making the most of this wonder time in their lives when their memories aren’t tainted by what they’ve read on Facebook or heard from their parents in moments of anger.

I like listening to them talk about pieces of chocolate that come to life and ride on the backs of elephants. Or of trees that don’t grow money but peanut butter sandwiches.

Some of the stories I genuinely think are wonderful—stories that I think even if they hadn’t been written by us, my kids would search out on a bookshelf and pull into bed with them. My kids plus me make a good writing team.

One regret I’ve long held though, is my inability to bring these stories to life in pictures as well as words. Sure, the three of us combined can paint a very vivid picture of the dinosaurs and giants we right about in our heads, and that is nice, but that’s where our images go to die.

This year I want to change that. And, it’s important to know that the reason I don’t illustrate these stories isn’t because of a lack of time. No, if I wanted to, I have the time to draw up multiple pictures for these stories. The reason is I’m horrible at drawing and too scared at always being horrible at drawing to even try.

Which, if you’re a parent, you’ll recognize is ironic. Because in our roles as parents we’re always encouraging our kids to try new things to see if they like them or not. We reassure them that even when they think they are failing at something, there is a lot to be said for still trying.

And here’s the resolution for the year—I’ll draw more. And I’ll commit to sharing those drawings—whether they get better or whether they remain awful—right here, in this very story.

These drawings will likely be rudimentary and I’ll probably have to explain in great detail what they are, but they’ll be done.

It’ll be a great way to pass the time as my kids ask to watch another episode of Sid the Science Kid or Heidi or Baby Jake on Netflix. And maybe, if I’m lucky enough, I’ll be able to get one of them to draw along with me (it seems pretty much a lock with our oldest daughter).

So if you have anything you’d like to see us draw (if you want to pick one of bedtime stories, here they are), leave a note below. But for now, here’s me drawing Peppa Pig because I’ve seen every episode 47 times!

Parenting moment peppa

And the pen to paper version because that’s easier…

peppa pig on a post it note

This post is part of my StreamTeam series. My illustrations are genuinely this bad.

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