It’s always the pretty ones. People love them at first and then they start to see more in the perfect smile and the long blond hair. They start to take a look at themselves and they start to wonder when/ how/ if they will ever be as pretty. Then they decide that’s too much hard work/ too unlikely and so they decide to moan instead. I don’t get this. Why not just accept that everyone and everything is different? If it’s not for you, then move on. Don’t complain all the time!
I’m talking about Pinterest. I keep seeing status updates on other social media channels that are, frankly, annoying me. I saw a really long winded one that accused Pinterest of turning all women who use it into ‘Stepford Wives’- incapable of acting independently and intent only on following the herd by making shaving foam bath paint and a hundred new crayons from a thousand old bits of wax. This one person actually praised the Lord that she was no longer on Pinterest and therefore no longer subjected to ridiculous pressures to be Supermum.
This is where I felt the need to spit coffee over my keyboard. Seriously. If you don’t like Pinterest anymore, then don’t use it. Don’t slag it off to everyone because everyone else still likes it. And while we’re on the subject, I feel I have to say one thing- Pinterest has not made me feel a failure. If anything, Pinterest has inspired me! I love looking at the pretty things. I love seeing others ideas for turning old fruit crates into works of art. I love that we can celebrate creativity with pictures. Pinterest made me do it. This is what I did:
- I threw a dinosuar dig party for the pre-schooler
- I made rainbow crayons for the kids
- I filled the pre-schooler’s sand and water tray with rainbow coloured rice
- I made rattles for the baby
- I re-decorated the Big One’s bedroom for under £50
- I made the Christmas cake look like Santa’s big fat belly
- I made sweety trees for the Big One’s teachers
- I found a recipe for fudge that was so easy to make and only took a few minutes
- I learned how to get rid of mould in the shower
- I found three new alternatives to the traditional sticker charts
- I read at least 30 posts about how to celebrate my children
I could go on and on but I won’t. All I want to say is that Pinterest has inspired me to do so much more creative stuff with the kids. I look at things differently now. A cardboard box will never be the same again because Pinterest has made me look at the world through a child’s eyes again. I can’t throw out a box with the knowledge that it could be turned into a car for a teddy bear. I could even blog that. I could pin it. Someone might RE-PIN it. And so the pretty, clever stuff lives on. I like having a world filled with interesting, pretty and clever stuff. Yes, it seems you CAN be all three after all.