We have younger friends who are both artists. They have 4 children, but have always struggled financially. They lived in an old house in a less desirable part of town. The house looked like all the rest from the outside, but they had painted the interior to look like a medieval castle, complete with stone walls and a princess standing on a fake stone staircase. Each child's room had was painted with vivid scenes from stories they had read. It was fascinating to see what they had done with just paint.
“We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it and stop there lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove lid again and that is well but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.” - Mark Twain