Occasionally, we have a visitor at our home. Of the worst kind. She came today: we call her Mean Mom.
She warned that she was coming. She asked repeatedly for the girls to stop playing with the shapeable foam soap (now noted: a ridiculous request). She endured the bathroom messes, the facial foam mustaches, even foamy falling snowmen. However, when the green foam was spread over the (just cleaned-by-professionals) carpet Mean Mom started raising her voice and without warning spanking (the score: Ella 3, Louisa 1).
Louisa headed straight for the pad of paper and created art. Her masterpiece is featured here tonight. She calls it "Spikey Hands."
May this serve as a reminder for me to better show love and patience, to value people over things, and to teach obedience through positive parenting.