Maia is quite the budding artist and spends hours creating elaborate drawings and paintings. Her favorite class in school is, not surprisingly, art. We received notice a couple of weeks ago that one of her pieces of artwork had been chosen to be displayed in our city’s square. The committee only chooses 2 children from each school per year so this was quite the honor. Monday night was the reception for the families so we got all gussied up and ventured out in public. It’s always a crapshoot on how the outing will go with this family.
Of course, we went to the wrong place. The address on the sheet that was sent home was incorrect, resulting in us parking 5 blocks away and having to walk to the correct building. At least we got to park in Matt’s already paid for monthly parking spot in his company’s parking garage. Still, I wore heels and did not appreciate the 5 block hike. We managed to show up on time for once, with 4 kids in tow that rarely happens. Maia was quick to find her artwork.
I’m just a little bit biased but I think she did an amazing job! Especially for a 7 year old. I think I was still drawing stick figures when I was 7. I managed to wrangle the other kids into allowing me to take a few pictures while we all looked presentable.
Please excuse the half naked child in the second picture. I have no excuses. He’s a handful. Sigh. After we posed for a few pictures we had some extra time to walk around and check out the other entries. There are some super talented kids in our school district! I was impressed. We noshed on some cookies and had some lemonade while we waited for the award presentation to start. It would be during this lull in scheduled activities that I had my awkward social encounter with the art director. Finally it was time for the awards. Not a moment too soon, just ask the art director. Sigh…
Maia is lucky that she does not take after me with my social awkwardness and dislike of being the center of attention. She is comfortable in the spotlight, she’s not shy and she can chat with anyone with nary an awkward moment. Clearly she is not my child. I thought she would relish being singled out and given an award but instead she turned shy and seemed to channel her mother for a moment.
She was all smiles once she was out of the limelight however, proudly showing off her certificate to everyone.
I paused to snap one more picture of the kids and this one picture pretty much sums up our life. I had to laugh when I got home and uploaded it to the computer because it is just so accurate.
Yeah. I know. Welcome to my world.