Wednesday, January 21, 2004


Our friends have a son, Ian, who is 5. He is learning to write his letters and spell his name. At school, they practice writing letters and copying from the blackboard. Once they learn letter recognition, they will move on to reading skills.

So Ian has infused his artwork with letter-copying as well. Most of his drawings and paintings have words printed on them, copied from whatever is available. Of course, the house and sunshine painting with 'Juxtapose' was pretty funny... until...

Ian finished his picture. He refused to unroll the completed art until both parents were in the room. Mom comes in from the kitchen, where she's making dinner. Dad comes in from the bedroom. Excited, Ian unrolls the picture - a mixed medium of pencil, marker, and crayon on a 2' x 3' piece of butcher paper. It is a large semi-truck. The truck is driving down a road with a sign that has numbers on it, the gravel beneath is black. On the side of the truck is carefully printed "The Complete Illustrated Kama Sutra".

Needless to say, that particular book has been relocated to a secure hiding place.

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