During the school year I have a few mornings with just my youngest son because preschool is only four days a week for a couple of hours. Each morning after dropping off my older two kids I ask K-man what he would like to do this morning with me. This particular morning was like every other morning when he gets it in his head that we are going to paint, using his sisters acrylic paint. This is something that is messy when you use it as an adult, never mind when a four year old gets a hold of it.
Then K-man went on to say that he didn’t want to paint inside. K-man wanted to paint outside. By outside he meant paint his bike, after all the color is fading and the dirt is all over it. Basically K-man wanted to paint his bike “new” again. I thought about it, I thought again … and then I decided sure why not. At least he wants to paint his own bike, not something I own and he wants to do it outside.
I said yes. Sure. Why not? It’s his bike and he is creative and this would give us some outdoor time during a beautiful day so let’s do this. I let my son into his sisters room, which stays LOCKED while she is at her Dad’s house, to choose three colors of paint. K-man basically wanted Blue, Red and a green color. The reason is because apparently he wanted his blue and red on bike to be “new” again …
I can’t say that his bike looks new again by any means but he was happy to be all independent out there with his pretend tattoos and painting his bicycle. I just so happened to enjoy watching him be happy and listening to him talk while he painted!