The Perks of Being a Cauliflower

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Little girls are like flowers. Colorful, delicate and looking at them just makes you feel good. Until they turn into teenagers. Then they become cauliflowers. And if you still have flowers in the house, you stop bothering with the cauliflower, because let’s face it…cauliflower?! That is just fine with the cauliflower as they prefer to be left alone and not nagged or babied or lectured or what-everrrr! Just leave them alone and let them vegetate.

My cauliflower is a gifted artist and an incredibly lazy teenager who would rather flop in a remote corner of our abode and watch other people’s cats on YouTube. I’ve been bugging her to make a blog showcasing her work and get to know others who have the same interests, make new friends etc etc ie quit wasting her time laughing at the antics of unfamiliar felines because she is giving our cat an inferiority complex. Also I am tired of scanning, snapping, saving, collecting, preserving her work that often lies around until it decomposes unless I rescue it.

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The purpose of this post is to recruit your help. Like, share, comment, lecture, nag, yell etc to show her that she really should do something more useful and stop torturing our cat with her hurtful preference of other cats. All the pics here are of her work.

Photography

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Painting

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Sketches

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Stuff you do with clay

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I have a ton of other stuff, but I am hoping she will stop being such a cauliflower and DO IT HERSELF!!

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Look at our poor complexed cat. She needs to be videoed and uploaded to YouTube.

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20 thoughts on “The Perks of Being a Cauliflower

  1. Your daughter is definitely talented, but you will have to give her space to decide for herself. Don’t bother chasing after her to save her work. She’s challenging you, and you’re failing. If thing’s are ruined, that’s her problem.
    I don’t know if this would work, but post a piece on e-bay; not without her consent. See what kind of offers you get. The money might spark her interest, or not. Most importantly, talk to her, listen (truly listen) to her, find out what she wants. She has to believe that she is talented, and you need to understand her wishes and plans.

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    • Thanks for the advice:) yes the money is an incentive, she has been offered money for her work, in fact she just painted a wall in her new room ( she painted a galaxy background) and got offers of work when she posted the pics. Now she needs a laptop to get started so she has started making plans. It is a start 🙂

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  2. the unicorn skull is wicked 🙂 She’s got a great variety of art, very cool. My sister is the same way with her artwork – no sharing it, and hasn’t bothered to show interest in getting anything hung up or anything. I hope your daughter starts sharing it. On a blog, or on DeviantArt.com That site is great for showing artwork

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  3. Ah the cauliflower! As you know from my blog, my flowerlette is a poet and yet refuses to acknowledge what she writes. Even if your DD won’t blog, perhaps she’s like to make videos of how to draw? My DD loves watching those and there are oodles on YouTube.

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    • That is another great idea. DD is quite lazy but prodigal son has actually uploaded some videos of different guns he had made out of random junk lying in the recycling bin. I need to appreciate him more and leave my cauliflower/ sloth child alone.

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  4. Heh. My cauliflower is not yet a teenager, but has been caulifloweresque for quite some time already. Your daughter’s work is fabulous! Mine’s is as well, at least in my opinion, and I try to get to her to post it on her own damn blog – but she resists. Too much laziness in the way.

    Anyway, yes – young Ms. Mazhar: DO something with all that talent. At the very least, upload your own funny cat videos!

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    • Thanks for dropping by 🙂 Please give the link to your daughter’s blog, I would love to go and visit it. Parents need to come up with some cure to this teenage laziness syndrome, it is like so annoying like ya know?

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  5. Ah well, as the saying goes, “You can lead a horse to water…” She’s got an amazing gift for line and color. I could see her doing graphic novels. She might just be a late bloomer looking for her medium, Khaula, and then she’ll blow you away 🙂

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  6. She’s very talented. Tell her not to give up on art! Being a creative person is something that’s just in you, and it’s no good trying to push it aside. I pushed my creative self aside for over a decade to finish college, go to law school, and establish my legal career. I ended up just being an unhappy lawyer, wishing she would have never given up her art.

    Don’t give up your art. As Wayne White says, “Make beauty!”

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  7. Her work is amazing!

    Buuuut you can’t expect her to preserve, catalog, document and promote her own work. At this age she is a creator. The role of teenager curator is the parent’s God-Awful job.

    Not the news you want to hear, I know. But take solace in the fact that many years from now you can present your adult daughter with her own enormous portfolio — accompanied by the touching Mom words. “Get this damn stuff out of my house!”

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  8. She is one talented califlower! I had one of them too. She is now an accomplished potter living on an island with her man, her cat and his dog. Once they get past the teenager stuff, it is all good.

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  9. Wow! I’d be tempted to start one for her and then get her to keep it going. She is an amazing artist.

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