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Better than the face of Jesus on toast

Since it’s casual Friday, I thought I’d take this opportunity to share some funny thoughts and sightings with you. I shared my son’s amazing discovery earlier this week on my Every Day I See a Cow blog, but what good does it do you if you’re not a subscriber? So here we go…

I like to see myself as a creative person. I write, I draw, I paint, I make things with my hands, and as a the queen of klutz I sometimes manage to create art out of my misadventures (remember the yogurt bunny I made almost a year ago?). On the carpet of course, not the easier-to-clean tile.

Yogurt bunny

Yogurt bunny

I like to look at clouds in the sky and see funny shapes. Sometimes I even manage to take pictures of them.

Elephant cloud

Elephant cloud

For those of you who can’t see it, this cloud is shaped like an elephant head. Yes, it is! Lots of spring clouds in San Diego happen to take the shape of elephants, with long trunks. I’m not sure why but I’m not complaining!

My kids seem to take after my creative side, especially when it comes to creating art with food. Their favorite art supplies? Tomato sauce and blueberries, of course. They always manage to create permanent stains masterpieces on their clothing when eating painting with them. Just kidding. My oldest drew his first fruit bowl a couple of months ago, before he turned five. This was a completely unsolicited creation that blew my mind away. You can guess the kid is half-French (ha!). I’d like to add he’s a fan of Paul Cézanne but I don’t believe he saw any of the famous painter’s fruit bowl masterpieces before he drew this one.

Children's artwork - fruit bowl

Children's artwork - fruit bowl

Something wonderful about my son is that he’s highly observant, able to notice things about his surroundings most kids and adults would never see, even if you pointed them in the right direction. Earlier this week, he made his most amazing discovery yet. Can you tell I’m beaming with pride? Wait till you see what it is. We stopped by Panda Express for lunch and at my kids’ request, one of the items we ordered was orange chicken. I’m not sure about the nutritional value of our choice, but the sweet tangy taste is irresistible.

Halfway through our meal, my oldest blurted out: There’s a pig on my plate! I felt the urge to correct him right away, tell him he was eating chicken. But he seemed so insistent to show me, I had to look. So I turned his plate my way and that’s when my jaw dropped. There was a darn pig on his plate, made out of orange chicken. Here it is, in all of its cuteness!

Orange chicken pig at Panda Express

Orange chicken pig at Panda Express

You may disagree but I think it resembles a pig a lot more than all of the Jesus faces people claim they see on their toast and sell on ebay for a fortune. Unfortunately I don’t believe there’s any story about a holy pig anywhere so this pig wouldn’t have been our “get-rich-quick” scheme. So we did the next best thing. We ate it and it tasted delicious!

My little budding artist

July 2010 drawing

You know you’re a mom… when you get excited about a drawing from your children that nobody else would take a second look at! Yes, IAM, I’m A Mom, and I’m very proud of my almost four-year-old son. Why, you ask? Because the picture on the right is what my son drew last week, out of the blue. The young artist described the scene taking place by the pool  – the large circle on the right- with a child standing in front of it, and a diver below him. Yes, my son aspires to become the next Jacques Cousteau! Somehow they’re sharing the scene with the Martian on the left who captured an ostrich in a cage. Holy cow, it really looks like an ostrich!

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Cool beans, but that’s no masterpiece for a child his age. You’re right, I’ve seen other drawings from his preschool classmates and I can often figure out what they drew. But for my son, this drawing is a major accomplishment because it marks his light speed exit out of Scribbletown! You see, until he drew this “earth, water and space” theme, he only scribbled. Pretty, colorful scribbles, but unrecognizable shapes nonetheless.

June 2010 drawing

How bad could it be? Look at the picture on the left and it’s hard to believe the same kid drew those two pictures only a couple of weeks apart, with no sign of transition. Somehow a lightbulb went on in his head as he realized he could use crayons to draw something different than never-ending spirals.

How fast do I want him to progress from here? I’ll let him take his time and discover art as a way to express himself, so he can find his own style over the years. Picasso famously said “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Society so quickly wants to squeeze all of our children into the same pre-configured box that I believe our duty as parents is to give them plenty of breathing space at home to explore their own talents. So even though I’m happy to say au revoir to scribbles, I’ll let my little budding artist choose what he’d like to draw next. Right now, he’s way too busy playing with his dump trucks to pick up a crayon.

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