This is another drawing by my second son, who almost 5 year old.
I must be honest and tell you, that deep within my heart, I was not particularly inspired when I saw it.
I mean, when my FIRST SON was 3.5 he drew this pirate. When he was almost 4, he drew Buzz Lightyear using all the correct colours and shapes. And when he was 5, he made this robot bird creature which took my breath away the moment I laid eyes on it. The designer in me sung to the high heavens.
SO when, when my second son dragged me over to show me what he had drawn, I had to force myself to SMILE!
WOW! WHAT A CUTE LITTLE PICTURE! HAHA I LIKE HOW THE GUY HAS CROSSES OVER HIS EYES! THAT’S SO CUTE SEAN!
And I knew in my heart that I had told a little lie.
A lie that all parents make because they love their children. We have to boost their confidence, somewhat, right? You really don’t want to be saying, OH actually that’s a pretty crap drawing for a 5 year old. Stick to letters mate.
I felt a little bad, and wondered if he heard the FORCEDNESS of my feedback. So I asked him what the picture was about.
He told me:
Well this guy on the edge likes to draw moustaches on paintings of people. And he crept into this house and saw a painting of a man, and he drew a moustache on him! But he didn’t know that the painting was actually a real man who was standing very, very still. on the other side of a window frame. So he looked like a painting! And now the real man had a moustache and he was angry so he booted the first man out of the house and the arrow shows that he flew off the side of the chalk board.
OMG I fell over with laughter! An honest, belly shaking laughter. The way he just blurted it all out from no where was so funny! A complete story whizzing around in his little head! Hilarious and creative! It was totally unexpected.
I was definitely buzzing from delight, a touch of guilt, and a slap on the wrist for comparing the personalities and abilities of my children.
One may be a great artist, but the other will be a great story-teller!