My husband and I have been together for what feels like forever, but ten awesome years in real life. To this day one of the sweetest things he does is surprise me with roses, or really flowers of any kind.
As they remain in the house the days after being gifted, they are a physical tangle reminder of the fact that he was thinking about me.
The thing about them, though, is that inevitably they will not last. They will die. And they will be thrown away.
But as usual my children teach me lessons often. Without even trying most times.
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to get out and be a grown up for a paint party.
If you've never been to one, it's where you go to a place and paint a picture led by an art instructor, kinda like art school back in elementary, but waaaaaay cooler.
Well what I thought was most cool was the space the party was held at. It was dedicated to paint parties. Pinot's Palette in Apex, NC is a studio where you learn a new way to unwind with friends.
I've done these many times before back home, usually with my mom. And often times the parties are organized in a party-brought-to-the-venue fashion. Meaning they take place at a restaurant where you can buy food and drinks before, during or after the party.
While I've had fun, I often found myself feeling cramped because the tables weren't created for accommodating all the supplies necessary to be an art student.
At Pinot's Palette, you are at the party place and they have the space, materials AND a bar for snacks and beverages.
This made a huge difference to me because (a) you have all the space and tools necessary because it is specifically designed for these types of parties (b) you don't feel pressured to buy food and drinks if you don't want to ( c) something I can't completely explain, but the energy is just different.
While there I painted a beautiful flower arrangement in a vase. I have to say it was one of my favorite ones that I have done so far. Actually my second favorite.
My first is of an Afrocentric Nubian lady full of vibrant color. In my mind she is my alter ego!
When I got home and brought my painting in, I wasn't sure where I would put it in the house because the wall real estate is slim.
My youngest saw the painting and told me how beautiful it was and insisted that it go in his room.
While I was flattered that he loved my art so much, a bundle of flowers was NOT going on his walls. Even if I agreed, his dad would have vetoed it, I'm sure.
So I left it on the entry table so I could decide the perfect place for it to go.
The next day, after picking my son up from school, we pulled in the driveway and he grabbed his things, hopped out the car and went straight in, beating me.
Which never happens.
By the time I walked in the house I hear a banging noise on my walls.
I walk in his room seeing that he dropped all his things on the kitchen floor. I found him in his top bunk, with my art in hand, his toy hammer in the other, attempting to hang the picture on his walls.
You guys, I laughed so hard.
And in that moment I realized there is more than one way to bring home flowers.
I imagine he must have felt the way I feel when his dad brings me flowers. This felt beautiful and served as a reminder of my love for him.
We compromised that the picture would go up on the wall in the hall outside his bedroom door. He was happy with that and I no longer had to ponder over where the art would go.
Looking for something fun to do?
I strongly suggest you take advantage of the opportunity to get out and let your inner Picasso shine through. It's a relaxing and therapeutic experience. And the bottomless mimosas are an added bonus if you choose to indulge.
Pinot’s Palette Apex is located at 1553 Beaver Creek Commons Drive in Apex. But there are several locations all over. I'd like to thank the owner, for allowing me to come out and create a beautiful piece of art and wonderful experience, and the instructor, for being so helpful and fun.
They also have events catered toward children and even pets!