When our lives were just about two little boys, it mainly involved things like this,
Since we added a girl to the mix more than five years ago, the focus and the balance of power has shifted. Now, we are much more about things calm, creative and especially, things pink.
Until baby-girl came along, we really didn’t do much in the way of crafts. However, with my daughter now
assisting in the steering of the Island Family ship, we craft frequently and mostly in pink. The boys’ disinterest in pink is frankly, for the captain, irrelevant information.
With the boys, hair also has always been inconsequential at best. Now, when our girl “does hair,” meaning she manipulates my hair into something resembling an 80s version of Cyndi Lauper’s hair, she always incorporates multiple hair accessories, all with varying shades of pink. Naturally, baby-girl insists on documenting the hairdos by taking her own pictures of her creations.
Even when she temporarily parts ways with pink, opting out of the initially-chosen pink dress for an Easter egg hunt, for example, she doesn’t move far. In the picture above, her red shirt has pink accents, her socks are pink, and of course her Easter basket is also a bright pink. So she never totally lost sight of the North Star.
And even if there’s no pink immediately apparent in our jellyfish friend, we follow it along the ocean’s edge, because she’s confident that there are shades of pink deep within that jellyfish if we just look hard enough.