This, to me, is perfection.
October 17, 2012

Earlier this week, Charlotte and I decided to make popsicles.  We juiced a few oranges, threw in a handful of strawberries and raspberries, blended the mix until smooth, and poured the juice into popsicle molds.

Yesterday after preschool she asked for a popsicle and while I was getting everything ready in the kitchen, she grabbed a loose sheet of paper she saw on the dining room table and banged out a drawing.

“Look!” she said when I came into the dining room with her popsicle.  “This is Momma!  AND THIS IS CHARLOTTE!”

She began drawing distinct faces about two months ago.  Eyes.  Hair.  A nose.  A mouth.  Ears.  Sometimes eyebrows or a chin or a neck.  After about a month of drawing faces, she started to draw bodies.  At first the person’s arms came out of their ears and then she learned to lower them.  A couple weeks ago, she started adding on hands and feet and scribbling around the body to denote clothing.

“Hey, will you look at that?”  I said to her.  “It does look like you and Momma.  Do you like it?”

She nodded.  “Yes!” she said.

“Me too,” I told her.  “But I really like that YOU like it.  Would it be okay with you if I kept it?”

“Yeah, Momma,” she said.  “Sure.  But just, but just, only if I can eat my popsicle now.”

A nice, healthy, refreshing mid-day popsicle in exchange for a piece of paper that makes my heart sing.  Something tells me I’m getting the better end of this deal.

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  1. By Heather on October 17, 2012

    Oh! I can’t wait until the “circs” (circles) and lines my littles draws morph into actual people! Charlotte is a brilliant artist, and I do believe you got the better end of the deal, but shhhh, she doesn’t know!

  2. By Alicia S. on October 18, 2012

    My favorite Calvin and Hobbes comic from when I was a kid:

    Calvin: Remember when I was first born? I couldn’t even turn myself over! My eyes wouldn’t focus! I couldn’t do anything! Think of all the work it took to develop the motor skills necessary to hold a crayon, top place the tip of it on a page, and to move it in predetermined, coordinated motions! This picture is the result of six years’ unrelenting toil! A lifetime of effort went into this!

    Dad: I’m still not paying you $500 for it.

    Calvin: It will appreciate! It’s an investment!

  3. By Weekend Cowgirl on October 20, 2012

    I have art folders full of these precious treasures. The big brown art folders is a simple way to store and keep treasures safe!

  4. By on November 05, 2012

    Wow, Charlotte! Look at the skill!





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