Kim Harms

Life Reconstructed

Valentine Eating Robot

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He can look at a plain black shoebox and see a Valentine eating robot. That is one of the things I love about my son Owen. His creativity makes me smile, and I tend to brag on his drawings and duct tape projects now and then, but that same creative side also drives the impatient, practical lady inside my head a little crazy.

Maybe you’ve met her. Or worse, maybe she’s living inside your head too. She’s the one who has a long list of things to get done, and little time for frivolous activities involving paper, glue, tape, yarn, paint, cardboard, modeling clay…The good news is that I’m pretty good at shutting her up most of the time.  In this case, it took some serious effort to stop her from forcing encouraging the budding artist to just slap a few stickers on the Asics box and call it good.  But I was successful, and I actually had fun making the little box robot with my boy.

Who knows, he may grow up to be a sculptor or an architect and tell people it was his dear old mom who encouraged him by making crazy craft projects with him. Or maybe not. But I’m going to keep trying my darndest to silence that impatient lady inside my head.  Though my influence may not be the catalyst of his dreams, I certainly don’t want it to be my voice that squelches them.


Author: Kim Harms

I am a contributor at CT Women (previously known as Today's Christian Woman where I was a regular contributor as well). I blog monthly at and have freelanced for a variety of publications including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Guideposts, Thriving Family and Creation Illustrated. Cancer made an unwelcome visit in my breast in January 2016, and I am now working on a book about breast reconstruction after having gone through the insane process myself. My incredible husband of 18 years, Corey, is my biggest writing cheerleader and together we are having a ball raising our three growing boys; Carter 15, Owen 14 and Lewis 10.

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