Recently, I started documenting my kids at home in photographs – just as they are, amidst all the clutter and chaos, doing what they are doing, wearing what they wearing, completely unposed and in black and white! (You can check out a some of the images here!)
I consciously keep my eyes and camera open to capture their everyday moments – when they burst into laughter or have a meltdown or when they are quarelling or playing together… Always watching for those in between moments where there is so much life happening!
A few days ago, one evening, after we had a long tiring day, we were sitting in our drawing room. Kaity had just finished her dinner and her plate, with left over yogurt, was lying on the table. All of us were too exhausted to even clear the table!
The minute Krissy spotted the dollop of yogurt on the plate, she came, dunked her hand in it, ran to our mirror and started painting a mess!
This was the least Vj and I were expecting to add to our day!
Almost furious, I rushed to stop her making further mess! But when I saw her face lit up, I couldn’t!
I realized it was a ‘life happening’ moment and I picked my camera!
Sitting beside the mirror I started clicking Krissy in her element!
As I kept clicking it slowly dawned on me that what was a leftover plate with some leftover yogurt appeared as a color palette for my two year old! While all the while I was fuming over the mess, my little baby was actually feeling like an artist painting a masterpiece!
By the look in her eyes, I could see she was putting all her heart and soul into it!
She was actually taking a few moments, pausing and reviewing her work.
I was instantly reminded of this famous quote,
“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” – Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer of the High Renaissance
There are angels trapped in our everyday routine and the most mundane. All it takes is looking at life through the eyes of a child to set them free!
Our lives would take a whole new meaning and purpose if only we can pause and look what lies beneath the seemingly ordinary!
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ― Albert Einstein
After nearly 30 mins of painting her heart out on the mirror, our artist showed off her work with pride!
By now, I had cooled down and we actually did applaud her masterpiece while she licked the remaining yogurt in her hands 😉