Time Together and Painting The TARDIS

TheTARDISStamp.jpgIt has been a laid back Sunday.

There is a tonne of stuff I probably should have been doing… like cleaning, or dusting, or some other kind of household chore…

We threw that off…

We had a laid back Sunday

H and I painted.

I encouraged him to explore with colour and touch and to experience the paint and canvas in a sensory way.

We painted and talked, and painted and talked some more.

And then, when he was done, H abandoned me to build a TARDIS in Minecraft.

He said he was making it for me… which may be trifle suspect because I don’t actually play Minecraft.

Fingerpainting.jpgI love his painting.

TheTARDIS.jpgInspired by H’s picture and the Vincent van Gogh episode, I painted a Doctor Who themed image as well. You can see the TARDIS and a wee bit of a Dalek hidden in there amongst the swirls.


And now we are watching Doctor Who while dinner is in the oven.

I treasure these times because I am very aware that H is perched on the edge of adulthood and I notice that time seems to be zipping by at close to time-warp speed. I expect and understand that soon he’ll be busy with other stuff and that spending the afternoon hanging out with me may become a rare thing indeed.

Sometimes the pace choses me… but not today.

Today was a day to connect – to hang out – to share in and explore H’s current interests.

So the house isn’t as tidy as it could be… and tomorrow I am back to work, but I can’t imagine I will ever regret spending a laid back afternoon doing Doctor Who related things with this wonderful young man.


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About Leah Kelley, Ed.D.

Leah Kelley, M.Ed, Ed.D., Writer, Consultant, Activist, Speaker, and Educator, working with Teacher Candidates at UBC. Authors blog: 30 Days of Autism. Projects support social understanding, Neurodiversity paradigm, Disability Justice, and connecting Disability Studies in Education(DSE)to Educational Practice. Twitter: @leah_kelley Facebook: 30 Days of Autism: Leah Kelley
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3 Responses to Time Together and Painting The TARDIS

  1. monalyssa33 says:

    I love Doctor Who too. Love the paintings, very awesome.


  2. tialys says:

    Sounds like a great way to spend an afternoon – the housework will always be waiting for you.

    Is H looking forward to meeting the new Dr.? I think you are in the U.S. aren’t you so I don’t know whether you will get it the same time as the U.K. Mind you, even we will have to wait until autumn 2014.


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