My adult niece, Alyssa comes over for a visit right before nap time. Loving the children the way she does, she tucks them in for their afternoon nap. Before she leaves she says, “I like MacGyver’s wall art.” I give her a puzzled look. She explains that MacGyver used a pencil to draw a little airplane by his pillow. As she walks out the door we give each other a “I’m not surprised!” look.
Well, an hour passes and MacGyver stumbles from his room inquiring if nap-time is over. “Sure.” I proceed to his room to collect dirty laundry. I enter the room, stop dead in my tracks and think, “Oh my gosh, this can’t be what Alyssa was talking about!!!” With big blue marker, MacGyver has drawn a 4 foot submarine, complete with stick figures and action shots of bullets. If the wall space had been bigger the scene would have been bigger. Thank goodness, MacGyver was off in another room making mischief of one kind and another, because I just laughed out loud. I couldn’t help myself, I was impressed.
I was impressed that he had the guts to do it. I was impressed by the scale and the proportion.
I was impressed by the story line. I was just amazed by the way his mind is always “thinking.”
Later that night, we praised him for his creativity and imagination but scolded him for his poor choice of the wall and explained next time he needed to ask for paper or a large piece of cardboard. We told him that he would have to pay for the paint to repaint the wall. Yes, he does have a little bank with money.
Well, two years have passed, MacGyver is now seven, and the blue sub is still covering his wall. Family and friends have insisted that we cannot paint over his work of art. Even my strict, Strict, STRICT parents think it would be shameful to paint over our little Picasso’s wall art. I would have NEVER lived to tell of such a feat!
Have you painted over your little Picasso’s wall art?
Life with Jeannine
In our “at school section” we are GIVING AWAY the one book we recommend to ALL teachers and parents: Your Child’s Strengths by Jenifer Fox. We encourage you to win and read this book. Who knows you may have a little gifted Picasso on your hands!
We’re also GIVING AWAY: Ping Pong Pig, a fun book about a pig that follows his dream and learns how to fly. Yes, pigs can fly!