My girls used to role play for hours,
tea parties, schools, mums and Dads, nurses....
I used to love peeping round the door and ear-wigging on the sweetest imaginary conversations with naughty monkeys or friendly bears.... especially when they played Mummy's and Daddy's and they would tell Daddy off for being late home from work and plate his dinner up!
Sky was the queen of the role play, every teddy had a name and she would chat happily away to them on a night doing a register and reading them stories.
We would have to take about ten teddies out of Sky's bed on a night to make room for her so she wouldn't fall out!
To her they were truly alive with personalities and feelings.
When do you loose that wonderful confident freedom of thought and the blurred line between reality and imagination?
This is Lil serving tea to teddy, who is King of the cuddlies.
I'm so inspired by my kids and their childhood,
even more so now they leaving it, especially the girls, turning into gorgeous young women,
I couldn't be more proud.
The nostalgia of the quality time we had together when they were little, playing tea parties and schools really has had a lasting influence with me, especially what we have been through as a family over the last three years.
There's not a day goes by where I don't feel lucky to have shared it with them and feel inspired to capture some of this in my screen prints.
Maybe though, it's like when you try to re-tell a funny scenario, and you see the blank expression on the person's face you're trying to share the joy with so you follow it up with " ahh, maybe you just had to be there"