As an attachment parent of 5 children, I came to the realization that I am never alone ~ EVER! I have spent the majority of the last 12 years either wearing, nursing, sleeping with, or holding a child. There is no such thing as a private moment in the bathroom or a nice quiet phone call. Heck, I am often being kicked, poked and caressed from inside and out simultaneously when I am pregnant and attending to the needs of a toddler.
These moments can sometimes feel overwhelming. But at the same time, these moments are the ones I will cherish most, when they are over.
While my children are little, they are a constant presence, sometimes attached on my body, or still growing inside me ~ and one day ~ they will be on their own. They won’t need me the way they did when they were little, when they were “A Part of ME”. As my oldest quickly approaches his teens and my youngest is still a nursling, I am forced to face the limited time of parenting that I have.
I painted this image “A Part of Me”, to remind myself that the moments I feel ‘touched out’ are just a season. Like the brief and brilliant color burst of autumn (my color inspiration) ~ one day, my children will be too far away to reach out and touch. But I will have this image to help me realize that I did the very best I could and that I gave them each “A Part of Me”.
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