Seeking What Satisifies An Ideal

My nine-year-old daughter, KH, has an artist’s eye. She see images of beauty in her mind that she wants to create, but the challenge comes in making those images real with paint and paper, a computer or just an ideal setting of physical surroundings.

I can relate to her quandary, not only in my creative world but in the practical one, too. That is why I don’t like to shop. I know what I want but I can never quite find what I am looking for.

When KH and I had to replace her nice dress shoes because the old ones were beat up and mysteriously missing, I felt that same perfectionist pressure rising in me. Time became tight and shoes she wanted were too. But, minutes before we had to leave the store for another outing, we tried the clearance racks and found shimmery gold flats in her size for $2.99. Ah, sometimes we do get perfection. Or at least satisfaction.


  1. Rebecca
    Jul 1, 2008

    I LOVE when that happens! Clearance racks truly can be so satisfying (as long as you are willing to sift through a lot of debris!). Good find!

  2. Ryan
    Jul 1, 2008

    Uhg, I feel this same thing with my writing. I want it to be great, just what I imagined, etc. Then I start writing and it all comes out so much less than I imagined. It seems I have talant for imagining great, but producing great is another thing. I figure if I stick with it long enough the two will meet.

  3. Rachel Corbett
    Jul 8, 2008

    Cute! And $2.99? Can’t beat that!

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