In case anyone wonders, I am doing a THING.
I can neither describe it nor defend it, but I’m definitely doing it because I plunked down a $25 no-refund application fee and I will spend an insane amount of money before I admit I am ill-qualified to do the THING.
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The THING I am doing:
I got a call from an artist about two weeks ago. I met her last year when my son and I helped participate in an art installation as part of ArtPrize 2020 that was derailed by COVID.
Artist Friend: “Hey, you wanna take part in ArtPrize this year?”
Me: “Sure. Why not?”
There are many reasons why not, just in case you wondered, not least of which is the fact I have had exactly zero practice in creating art nor have I ever taken any art lessons. Except for the fact that I’ve been sitting alongside my son this year ‘helping’ him to follow along in his art class as a remote student. (It’s been my favorite part of Covid Quarantine, to be honest.) I was kind of sad to see it end when I sent him back to school following his second Pfizer shot.
Then my son had a very bad day at school. An incredibly bad day. The kind of day you can’t walk back from.
And now he is back home and we are looking for a new school placement.
And the Artist Friend called me just as I was stewing with frustration and despair about my son’s whole world changing while he is oblivious to the ramifications of using scissors to ‘make a point’ in a state of rage.
So now I am ripping strips of paper over and over again–channeling a behavior my son exhibits as part of his stress management–and planning to glue them to a 3 x 3 foot canvas.
And the due date for the project is June 1.
And Remember Kids: When someone asks you to join in a super fun activity, be sure to ask details before you find yourself committed. Take that however you want!
So, if I’m somewhat absent for the next few weeks, you now understand why.
And if you do…could you explain it to me!?