Left on the table from the night before was a pen, plain paper and random crayons. He put the tissue box down and started talking to it. Soon he had pen in hand and started to draw on the box. "Please do not write on the tissue box," I said. He kept doing it so I sat down and watched in silence at the end of the table. If you interfere, he stops. I learned that lesson.
He starts laughing and runs to the kitchen. He returns with blue painters tape. Now FYI to all parents, I always have this tape on hand. It is the absolute best tape if your kids enjoy decorating. We tape artwork all over the walls, doors and windows. He starts taping items to the box and shows me a happy face. "Good" I say. He continues his work talking all the time.
He starts laughing again and takes off for the kitchen, this time bringing back a pair of safety scissors. He loves cutting...hair, shirts, and custom made blinds for the living room that cost over $500 to replace and that was with a 70% discount. He starts cutting the tissue box's 'hair'. It's sort of like a private joke sometimes with him because he is the only one who knows what he is laughing about.
Now, the 'hair cut' is over and he starts to cut up the box. Soon there is no more box left, just a bunch of cut pieces all over the table and he goes back into the living room to be with his angry birds. I start to clean up the mess.
|Sad and Happy|
The two faces on the tissue box.
Could it be? A child, when left to play and be creative on his own, wrote out sad and happy without any prompting or modeling? YES. There weren't any books on the table, he didn't ask me how to spell those words, he just did it. That's my boy.