#MicroblogMonday: Exorcising Demons.

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On Saturday afternoon, when the painting was (finally!) all done, I started putting together Owen’s new furniture set.

By myself.

In fact, I told Jeff – who, of course, offered to help – that I WANTED to do it myself.

I used his – and Owen’s help – a few times over the course of the weekend. But by and large, the redecoration of Owen’s room was my doing.

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When we moved into our house more than 10 years ago, I named Owen’s room The Yellow Room Which Will Be the Nursery. For nearly 3 years afterwards, TYRWWBTN sat empty. There were times I had to close the door. I considered setting up something – anything – in that room, just to make it something different.

You’d think that when I was pregnant with him, then, I would have gleefully decorated. Finally! We were going to have a baby!

Except I barely breathed through my pregnancy, my anxiety that something bad was going to happen was so high. It wasn’t until he was born that I actually cobbled together something that resembled his own space.

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It was surprisingly cathartic to paint over those yellow walls, to purge all the baby stuff from that room. After the tape came down off the trim, I even spent extra time with a tiny brush, going over every line in that room, eliminating all yellow from the space.

It felt like I was exorcising demons.

Turning TYRWWBTN into a real Kid Room, my son’s own space, purged all the heartbreak and fail from the years of trying before Owen – and after. And it wasn’t until I was actually painting over the yellow in that room that I realized how, well, HEAVY, the yellow was.

Amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do.

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5 Responses to #MicroblogMonday: Exorcising Demons.

  1. Raven says:

    Wow that looks great! Amazing how heavy something as basic as a colour can be!

  2. Mel says:

    It is so perfect! You did a fantastic job. And it was cathartic, to boot.

  3. Mali says:

    The room looks great. And I love that by changing this, you were able to shed some of that burden of those years spent anxiously waiting.

  4. Catwoman73 says:

    Looks amazing! Now I’m feeling slightly more motivated to do something with my daughter’s room. Slightly…

  5. Lori says:

    And, ladies & gentleman, what you smell is paint drying & what you hear is the sound of a woman healing herself… Great job on both accounts!!

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