My frustrated 4 year old daughter had been badgering me all weekend to come and play with her and each time I had to tell her I was busy. In the end she came into the barn and insisted on helping me paint. Now knowing how messy children's painting can get I really didn't fancy the idea but I could no longer bare to see her forlorn little face begging for some company. So I pulled out an old chair and told it was a very important chair and one that I will use to sit in whilst working in the shop. Then clad in her Daddy's old shirt down to her knees she hastily painted away.
After 20 minutes she looked like a wise old lady with her paint matted hair and hands, not to mention the floor ! But it was a wonderfully special 20 minutes we spent together. She felt like part of something and I felt good being able to include her and make her feel important. That certainly outweighed any amount of cleaning up I need to do afterwards. So if you come into to shop and see me in the chair you'll know that although not perfectly painted it was perfectly created in a special moment by my little girl.
Now all I need to do is teach her how to clean brushes !