Rush to the heart

The scene comes as no surprise:
a preschool girl, a blank canvas,
tubs of paint in bold colors.

She starts with three bright streaks,
yellow, green, and red, cautiously smeared.
A dab of blue sneaks in.

But then the excitement of paints
and bare hands is too much
and caution goes out the window.

Bold colors mix, painted hands smash,
and out comes blackest-black hands
and a little giggling girl who
can't believe her mess-making luck.

The quick wash up after? Expected.
The glee of paint slung near
and far with mom smiling on?

An unexpected rush to the heart.

***This post is part of Six Word Fridays.***


  • Courtney

    she looks truly ecstatic, so cute!

  • The Mommy Mambo

    Well now, she's a lady :) And controlled herself quite nicely. She's a cutie!

    My boys are part ape, they even sound like apes. She just needed someone to fight with and the paint would have been in her ears, her nose, etc! Next time use edible paint....and watch a super mess unfold!

  • Liz Mays

    That's how it always ended up for me too! I couldn't resist mixing everything!

  • BigLittleWolf

    Lovely. Remembering. Not so long ago.

  • ShannonL

    So fun! :-)

  • ayala

    fun and sweet!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Adrienne

    Love the black hands with the head band and the cat who swallowed the canary smile...I LOVE THAT PICTURE! This is a charming write ~ I confess to being too lazy a mom to have ever offered finger paints!

  • Anonymous

    great! and as an art student, I can tell you that it's very important to know how to mix colors to get black! :)

  • TKW

    Oh, she is so cute and full of personality. That haircut really suits her!

  • kate

    finger painting is always fantastically unexpected!
    for us, for them, for everyone...

  • Rudri Bhatt Patel @ Being Rudri

    Pure goodness. And I love her hair band. It looks great with her haircut.

  • Cathy Reaves

    Oh my gosh! More power to you to delve into such activities. I never found a desire to let the paints and (gasp!) play-doh out. She sure is cute though!

  • Melissa Camara Wilkins

    I love when I surprise myself with being brave enough to break out the paints! Maybe one day this week...

    Being unexpectedly overcome with love for a little bean: oh yes, I know that feeling, too. :)

  • Kelly Miller

    I have to thank Rudri for inspiring me to break out the paints. I am normally way too lazy/OCD (too lazy to get them out, too OCD to let them be out without stressing out over the mess).

    Thanks everyone for the kind comments! My mountain man brought home that headband. It definitely does suit her.

    (And I also had that thought about knowing how to make black. Mine always comes out dark purple!)

  • Anonymous

    So fun! I love finger painting too.

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