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Listen with your eyes and your ears

My daughter cried out to me 
since last week,
"Mom, I run out of pictures
for scrapbooking!!
and I want to scrapbook again
with you!!"

That's what she said.
While I am juggling this week
between classes, making a 
restaurant' decoration, making kits 
for next class,
arrange the scrappers gathering,
prepare my own store to move in to
a new place next week,
it's pretty obvious 
that not much time left
to think about what she said.

Just when I sat quietly last night,
after she went to bed with sad face
when I said I am too tired
to do what she wished for,
I listen with my eyes and my ears.

Often the key to communication
is what's not said.

She doesn't need pictures 
for scrapbook,
(even if it is, literally)
she wants to be with me.

She doesn't need 
to do scrapbook with me,
(she can do it by herself 
since she was five)
she wants an exclusive time with me,
just like the first time 
I taught her to do scrapbooking,
we do it every Friday night
and call it scrapbook night.

And she knew,
the fastest way to grab my attention
is to ask me to do
what I love to do.
Clever girl.

I listen with my eyes and my ears.
And I answer to what she wants,
not only what she needs.
And I dedicate today 
to be with her. 
All day.

We pull out all the boxes of photos 
from my shelves to the library upstairs.

A lot, eh?
Don't be that surprised.
And I decide I will use this 
rare chance to do the sorting
and some cleaning up for my stock
of pictures too.
So I clear up all the boxes,
line them up like this,

and all the photos are out..out..out..

then we sort....sort....sort....

All day.
Including lunch and nap time 
in between.
And before night time
she proudly made two layouts,
same layouts she saw
from my beginner classes.

And never in all these years,
I see her taking the layouts
to her bedroom, put them closely
at the side table,
looking at them profoundly.
(I took the pic after she was asleep)

This is her own words.

I call it a good day.
A good listening day.

First, that is your little one, yes? Then you are not squeezing her enough at night to keep her small!!! I made the same mistake! My baby, who is 22 has recently moved out and stopped by today to pack up more of her belongings and we sat in her room on her bed and cried together. Why is it when they were 1 and 2, every day seemed 72 hours long? And then it is finished, just as the childbirth pains end, without a wind-down, just finished.
ENJOY my friend, enjoy! **kisses** Deb

berharap suatu saat bisa nge-scrapbook bareng anak..*nunggubentarlagi*..
love the creation..

this is a top notch post. heart this so much.

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  • I am a woman who fell in love with papers and words long enough before with boys. Therefore, scrapbooking, writing, reading, and art journaling are just things that complete me. I live happily in Bandung, Indonesia, with my husband, Audy Kusnadjaja, and 2 adorable kids adore me. Isn't life sweet?
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Be careful while going inside my home here. Your clothes may gets stain if you happen to walk by my still wet canvas, or stumbled upon our piles of books everywhere, and come out with a scrap paper sticking to your shoes. But I promise you, you'll enjoy the time spending here. Tea or coffee?
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  • Doilies for memories
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  • Too much of good things
  • Yellow sometimes
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  • Don't reinvent the wheel
  • Tips for dividing scrap time
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  • A month to play, a month to learn
  • 'Life happens' album
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