After reading Lee Ann’s suggestions for making diabetes art with the family, Q and I were psyched to get creative.
Q had several ideas and when she sat down at the table with art supplies in front of her, she decided that she wanted to paint a picture of diabetes camp.
Earlier in the year we raised thousands of dollars for the local ADA chapter’s annual Kiss-a-Pig gala which funds the diabetes camp for kids. We were invited to visit the camp as both donors and future campers while the camp was in session this summer.
I seriously did not think I would get Q to leave! She met the counselor who is always in charge of the 8-year-old girls. She saw the lake and the shower houses and the climbing wall and the craft studio (maybe her favorite!). She was having so much fun with the girls closest to her age that she ditched us and dined with them instead. She was so proud when she ran to us saying that a counselor had shown her how to give herself insulin with her pump.
We already have the week of camp marked on our 2012 calendar!
When Q was brainstorming, she said that it would be great to bake some blood drop shaped cupcakes and decorate them with red icing. I thought that was such a great idea and we just might have to do that some day. (She did receive an Easy Bake oven and a cake decorating kit for her birthday.) As I sat at our craft table with her, I was still drooling at the thought of cupcakes. I was reminded of the looong comment I left on Diabetes Mine over the weekend urging a caretaker to bake her niece a REAL cake for her birthday…and let her thoroughly enjoy it without guilt. If you ask my opinion, I always reply: Let her eat cake!
Lee Ann Thill’s guest post about making diabetes art
Diabetes Art Day official site
More D-Mom Blog posts about Diabetes Art Day
More D-Mom Blog posts about uses for medical waste