“Where did you get your face painted?” “What carnival did you go to?” “Where is the party?” Sadie gets these questions routinely as we stroll about town, through museums, and play at parks with her elaborately painted face. She forgets that her face is painted most of the time and returns the questions with a quizzical look and going on about her business. The other children stare in awe, asking their parents to take them to the place where Sadie has been so they, too, can have the special feeling that comes with being decorated.
Where has Sadie been? At home. It is something that she enjoys – to investigate new designs and pictures – and something that I enjoy – to try to recreate this art on her body and to her exact specifications. There is no occasion special enough to hold off on things that we enjoy and are passionate about. There is nothing that we cannot do ourselves given the time, energy, and determination.
I was supremely awful at this in the beginning but, being so important to Sadie, was determined to continue trying – working up from simple, small designs to entire face creations. We have several books that we work from and occasionally take new ones out from the library. It takes time to complete each design as we are both perfectionists but we love to sit together and create.