Today is my lovely daughter’s birthday. Today, I spend the day reflecting on that special moment when I gave birth and reminisce on my daughter’s many Bedrooms and the significance of Paintings, Colors & Sounds.
HER FAVORITE COLOR IS GREEN
My first apartment was a one bedroom home measuring less than 1,000 square feet. When my daughter was born, the basinet was in very close proximity to me. The walls were bright green. My daughter’s favorite color turned out to be green, which remains her favorite color today.
SHE LOVES TO PAINT
The second place of residence was a rental house. My husband and I painted Warner Brother Cartoon Characters on the bedroom walls. She was a baby swinging and watched us paint. Her favorite cartoon character is still Tweety Bird. As she developed into the terrible twos, she loved to color and became very creative. She poured baby power all over our little dog named Shakey. Appropriately named, the dog would simply shake off the power and give her unconditional love – me too!
She quickly advanced to Auto Spray Paint. One night she picked up a can of Blue Metallic Auto Paint Spray and spray painted my piano, the dining room buffet, the lace linens and the floors. She was okay – the house was not!
Throughout her school days, her artistic work hung on my refrigerator and walls. Today she is an Artist. Her first paintings were featured in a Gallery in Switzerland a few months ago. She sold 14 paintings.
SHE LOVES MUSIC
In her third bedroom she was introduced to music. I started her on a music box collection and her first phonograph. There she listened to music continuously and she loved to sing. During the summer months her window was open and she sang to the birds and all the animals in the forest next door. In college she became a Music Major and performed in many concerts. She played the Alto Sax and continues to play when asked. Her passion for music is very diverse.
One my greatest memories came on the day she rushed home from college to share a song she had just heard for the very first time. It was an old song, but one that gave her a sense of peace and calmness – especially under stress and studying for exams. She played “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” by Paul Simon, and she asked me if I ever heard of it. To her surprise, I told her the following story:
While she was under construction in my womb, I rested at least 30 minutes a day and played Bridge Over Troubled Waters. I had a very difficult pregnancy and labored 13 and ½ hours. I brought her home on Christmas Eve. She smiled at me, as I handed her the Record Album, Bridge over Troubled Waters by Simon and Garfunkel.
For me, the greatest gift on earth is a child. They have eyes of wonder and they wander – they dream of dreams we don’t even understand. Parents play a significant role in the lives of children. Colors, Paintings, and Music they all played a significant role in a child's life. Parent too! My greatest Christmas gift of all is my daughter. And the greatest gift I gave her was a brother. They are the greatest gifts to me.
Kids – love them unconditionally. Their bedrooms are their world of inspiration. Their parents are their hopes who do motivate them to reach their greatest potential. Color their bedrooms with love. Allow them to be creative. The sweetest music of all is the sound of their voice.
As a Realtor, many people put emphasis on the kitchen and Master Bath. This is great and this is good. But a child’s bedroom is where the seeds of creativity begin. Children are the next generation. Ignite their world with inspiration. Let them dream BIG dreams. Appreciate all that they are, for their world is the Magic Kingdom.
© Written by Patricia Feager, 12/14/2011.