The mother of a girl who drew an insightful analysis of her parents' relationship disclosed that the drawing has changed her outlook on things and compelled her to reconnect with her ex-husband.
Rosie Dutton, from Staffordshire, England, shared the painting in a poignant Facebook post after her divorce was finalized. Dutton admitted on social media that she needs to take a different approach to her ex.
“I found it so difficult having to share my daughter," she writes. "It was only one day and night a week at first, but in those times, I was lost and I was lonely.”
She added, “I wondered what she was doing, was she OK? Did she need me? I felt like I’d not only failed at my marriage but that I’d let her down somehow. I spent those first few weeks after she was picked up sitting in the dark, not really moving from the sofa until she came home.”
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One day, Dutton discovered her daughter Olivia had drawn a picture of a rainbow with her mother and father next to it, but drew a sad face on her dad. The mother says the drawing made her re-evaluate the way she handled her divorce, according to Daily Mail.
She described how the painting came about:
My daughter started to notice he hadn't been round and that we hadn't been spending any time together. One afternoon, I'd left her with the paint downstairs and when I got out of the shower. I found her painting this rainbow and a picture of our family on the wall.
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Her dad (the blue one in the picture) had been painted with a sad face and when I asked her why she'd drawn him that way she said, "his face is sad because he's not in our family anymore and I know he makes you feel sad," she said it with so much hurt and sadness in her little voice that it was a real turning point for me.
Now, the couple are trying their best to be friendlier to one another, reports Metro. Dutton and her ex-husband are working together to ensure Olivia has both parents in her life.
Their daughter’s painting was a wake-up call that “we had to always be a family for her, we had to stick together.”
“The rainbow still features prominently on my living room wall. It's a constant reminder to stay strong for our daughter, for our family,” says Dutton.