Artwork Mishap Circa 1980
It was 1980 and from what I have been told I got creative with my artwork one day and decided to use my crayons to color the bumper on my father’s car (by the way I was almost 3 years old). Never mind the fact that my dad did not own this car and that it was a demo that was loaned to him. See when I was growing up my father worked at different GM dealerships, where he was a manager and afforded a new car every six months. This was part of his yearly salary package. But again never mind that.
As the tale went, I was told that when I was confronted with my misdeed I proceeded to tell them that I didn’t do it this masterful artwork, but it was the neighborhood kid two doors away that did it. My father took one look at me and knew I was lying through my teeth. I was punished and told if I do something wrong in the future and was honest about it, my punishment would be quite a bit less, because it was so very important to be truthful, honest and not a liar.
Fast Forward to the Great Artwork Mishap of 2012
So back just about two years ago in September of 2012, I found myself in the early days of blogging sharing how, Kevin, the girls and I were sitting in our living room watching Disney Jr, with the the girls, who were also playing with crayons and their coloring books – creating their own artwork.
At this point, Emma was going through an artistic phase and loved to draw, color and even put stickers on her artwork. This evening I was transported back in time to that fateful story I shared above.
The Artwork Mishap Present Time
Well, Emma’s latest artwork canvas was indeed the spine of Kevin’s beloved artwork coffee table book. Except, my three year old doesn’t do lying and is truly that honest. When confronted she stood there like a deer in headlights!
This was where I first had to explain to Emma that not all books are indeed coloring books for her artwork. At this point she was just starting to learn to write her name but very primitively.
The irony of this incident at this point compared to when I was a child really didn’t escape me and indeed truly is a small world after all with kid’s artwork!!
You might be asking why I am re-sharing this here at Wonderful Wednesday today.
Well, a week ago as Emma was getting ready to go to the bus stop, Lily blurted out, “Emma wrote on the wall!”
Emma, in turn, pinched Lily.
I quickly had to diffuse the situation and didn’t quite understand what Lily was getting at as we were running at the door and didn’t have a good chance to look to see what she might be referring to.
After Emma got on the bus and we returned home, Lily said it again and pointed to the spot on the wall clear as day that Emma took her Frozen (yup because we don’t have enough Elsa, Anna, Olaf gear here!) pen and wrote her name beautifully on our wall – signing our wall or her artwork.
So, I took to Instagram to share this, because as annoyed as I was that she had written in pen on our wall, I couldn’t help, but marvel at how beautifully she has grown in the two years since she first learned to write her name.
See back in the Fall of 2012 in pre-school, she was writing her name with my help and it was all in uppercase letters, but now in Kindergarten, she writes her name all on her own, knows the letters and their sounds by heart, as well as knowing the only letter to be in written in uppercase in the first letter, “E” and the rest needs to be written in lowercase letters. And each day that goes by, I notice her penmanship getting better and better, as well as her drawings and artwork, too.
She also is learning to write and read other words such as love, girl, at, I, and so much more.
Yet, you may be asking at this point though – Did I confront her about writing on our walls?
Yes, I did, but I also made sure she knew how proud I am of her as to how well she doing writing and reading now.
I am hopeful that I have taught once and for all to write on paper and not walls or her father’s books now that she is a bit older and more mindful of learning from her mistakes. But still, I guess it is small steps, and yet I still overwhelmed at how quickly those last two years did go by since I blogged about her original artwork foray. It is indeed wonderful though and a bit frightening, as well too.
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