When you have young children, there’s no shortage of artwork! It seems I have a picture for every holiday, occasion and special event. Reindeer grace my refrigerator. Ducks of all shapes and sizes find themselves posted along the walls. And flowers leave their impressions on my nightstand. But there’s one tiny little picture that makes me smile each and every time I see it.
My 7-year-old daughter came to visit me at work Thanksgiving Day. She drew the artwork on a little post-it note and left it hanging amid papers on my desk. It’s so small I didn’t notice it for days. When I finally saw it, I took in all of the details. It was a picture of a woman in a dress lifting heavy weights over her head. She even drew little muscles on the arms.
I later asked her why she drew that particular picture and left it for me. She responded, “It’s a picture of you. You’re a strong Mommy.” Funny, I thought, because all I can see are my weaknesses. Flab, for example, might be a more accurate representation of what can be found on my arms. Maybe she said those bumps were muscles to make me feel better!
Have you ever wondered how your children see you? What would they draw? A woman lifting weights is far from what I would have pictured my portrait to be. Perhaps, my bright-eyed, smart and perceptive little girl sees me as a woman who carries a lot of weight on her shoulders.
The picture itself is a snapshot framed in some truth. I only hope on the really “weighty” days, I am as graceful and dignified as the woman my daughter conjured up in magic marker.
Aysu is the busy mom of three girls and assistant news director for WRAL-TV.