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Col captures the moment

2010 March 19
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by Rachel Turiel

This past week I’ve been babysitting two sisters every afternoon.

Col and the other five year old, Kayleigh, have been tracking leprechauns, discovering very telling clues—gum wrappers and broken nightlights—on our urban sneakabouts. Meanwhile, Rose and the three year old sister compete for resources like the last inhabitants of a hardscrabble village.

Yesterday the two younger girls were locked in battle over the new Melissa and Doug wooden birthday cake accessorized with candles and strawberries.  One tugged, the other pulled, one screamed, the other screeched.

In the midst of the feverish chaos—while I folded laundry, allowing the two girls to work it out cavegirl-style—Col was quietly drawing a picture of the scene.

I don’t know why Rose is twice as big as Zoelle, why they both have pink hair, or why he depicted them both smiling when really, sad little tears slid down their hot cheeks. Notice the kitchen in the background, and the red thing in Rose’s Amazon hand is the cake, sliced and ready to eat.

Is anyone else thinking future Picasso?

Hope you have a wonderful weekend with your own budding Picassos and little Neanderthals!

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10 Responses leave one →
  1. March 19, 2010

    My monkeys are currently dressed up as cowboys and playing cars.

    It’s snowing here in Denver. Heard it is nice in Dgo today. (My Dad called me while sitting in DIA waiting for his connecting flight from Dgo to Los Angeles.) Said it’s in the 70’s and sunny there. Slightly jealous.

  2. March 19, 2010

    My kids have been hunting leprechans too. Last night they were outside with a towel and sticks and shiny canning tops, trying to trick and catch them. What fun.

    :)Lisa

  3. March 19, 2010

    Workin’ it out cave-girl style: I love it! Sounds like the way we do things around here, too. Happy Weekend!

  4. March 19, 2010

    Love seeing the world as children see it, through art. And, love how children on the outside of a quarrel take it al in. Thanks for sharing. What a lovely “true life” art story as Betty would say.

  5. March 19, 2010

    Wow~very interesting that he chose to draw out the scene.
    I’m waiting as patiently as possible for Theo to move past the not sharing phase. This gives me great hope!

    • 6512 and growing permalink*
      March 19, 2010

      Katie, Five year olds are like ambassadors of peace compared to two and three year olds. Theo will get there. :)

  6. Melissa permalink
    March 19, 2010

    I love Col’s loyalty to his sister. What a great picture!

    The book arrived today–I am so moved by your generosity and have already read a bit. It came at just the right time.
    Thank you–and happy weekend.
    Melissa

  7. March 20, 2010

    Col is quite an artist! At least he has smiles on their faces-Clay always insists on me drawing mean pirate scowls on his people.
    Cheers.

  8. March 20, 2010

    Kid art is so beautiful. Why do we sometimes have to lose it when we’re older. May Col never lose his beautiful insight and talent!

  9. March 20, 2010

    I was thinking war correspondent!

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