My Children’s Artwork. And How it Ends Up in the Trash.

Every single day my children produce art. Every. Single. Day.

There are stacks and piles of colorings and clippings and gluings and stickerings and glitterings and just so many ings of creative expression that I find myself utterly petrified wondering if I’m gonna get caught when I throw the majority of these masterpieces in. the. trash.

Cause I’ve been caught. Many times. And it sucks.


And when I run over to see what the problem is, there they are, pulling one of their absolutely perfect, never-to-be-thrown-away, pieces of art out of the garbage can.

“Mommy, how did THIS end up in the TRASH?????”

And then I lie.

Of course.

Because mama would never ever throw away a piece of precious, innocent artwork created by her precious, innocent children! No way!!

“Honey, I have NO idea how that got into the trash. That is crazy!! Maybe (insert babysitter’s name here) accidentally threw it away when she was cleaning up the kitchen. Yeah, that’s probably it.”

And thank GOD they are young enough to buy whatever line I feed them.

But even though I have come to terms with the fact that MOST of their artwork simply must be trashed, I still have trouble in the moment when I’m deciding which pieces of art will be saved from the world of recycling so I can preserve it forever in my special artwork file thingy.

I mean look at this stuff:

Could you ever feel good about trashing that?

And look at Jane here…

She represents a whole new style of drawing that Claire, 7, is doing. And I kinda dig her.

And then even this crazy creature…

Sure it’s borderline creepy. Okay, maybe not borderline. Like actually super creepy. But kinda lovable all at the same time.

The sifting through the piles always gets me riddling in my skull about whether or not I will follow through with the trashing or perhaps I’ll just return it to the pile for the next sifting session.

But then when I come across things like this….

…it’s kind of like a no-brainer.

I mean really. I’m totally looking like a grandma in that one by Claire. She says it’s how I look in the morning.


I’m not gonna even make an excuse when she finds THAT one in the trash.

Now what do YOU do with all of YOUR kid’s artwork?

2 Responses to “My Children’s Artwork. And How it Ends Up in the Trash.”

  1. Loren Christie says:

    hysterical post, Lee. I've been caught too. Oh the look of shock on their faces!

  2. LceeL says:

    As any good parent – you've been caught. I've been caught. We've ALL been caught.

    On the other hand … if I had a grandmother who was as cute as you are … oh, nevermind.

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