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August 13, 2003

Hey Now, You're An Allstar

Another Ngnat drawing for the Gallery.

Mama

magic marker on printer paper

Still with the flat line of a mouth. Nice goatee, though. Very like her mother's.

I have no idea what level of drawing skill a three-year-old should have. For all I know, Ngnat's drawings are perfectly in keeping with her developmental level. It's not like she's freehanding perfect circles or anything.

But she can already draw as well as I, even burdened as she is by a relative lack of motor control. Admittedly, I have not a lick of talent in that area. When it comes to the graphic arts, I'm the possessor of a negative lick balance.

Odds are I'm just another parent panning for hints of genius in an perfectly ordinary child, but that's what parents do. I remember seeing a teenage girlfriend play the part of a barmaid for a regional theatre production of "Oliver" some 20 odd years ago. After the play, her mother could talk of nothing but her daughter's incipient Broadway career. I try to resist channeling that woman when it comes to my kids.

As you can see, most of the time I fail.

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July 26, 2003

Aman the Cat

Sainted Wife took her leave of us this morning, to go peruse Clayton's new Super Wal-Mart in the company of her cousin. It's not something I would have thought of as an exciting trip away from the family, but I've not been breast feeding an infant every two hours for the last nine weeks. Apparently it gives one something of a tied down feeling.

I played single parent while she was gone, letting Ngant watch two solid hours of television, giving Scotty M. a rather chilly bottle of breast milk, then putting him in his swing to sleep the morning away while I drank coffee and read the paper. Quite an easy morning, really. I can't imagine why she gets tired so early in the evening. A vitamin deficiency, perhaps.

At one point Ngnat requested that I draw her a fish, which I promptly did despite being involved with a particularly engaging Drabble. Quality time, the secret to good parenting. One circle, three triangles, five lines, fish.

"Thank you daddy."

You're quite welcome, my dear, no trouble at all.

"I make you a cat."

You do that.

And she did. His name is "Aman," pronounced "A man."

I don't know if her drawing is getting better or not. It's certainly getting weirder. Still got that flat line of a mouth, too. In the interest of making things easy on future art historians, Ngnat's art has its own page now. Yes, this does mean I'll likely be inflicting more of her scribbles on you. It's my site, I can drive away readers any way I want to.

And for the local readership, Sainted Wife's review of the Super Wal-Mart: "It was nice. Still clean. No rednecks yet."

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July 18, 2003

Look On My Works, Ye Mighty, And Go, "Awww"

I made Ngnat a cd for her trip to Nana's. She drew me a picture.

Hippopotamus

The flowing locks of hippo hair are a nice touch. I suspect hippos would be much happier animals if they all had long, golden hair.

But, like Totoro before her, the hippo seems pensive. It's that flat, thin line of a mouth.

We'll look back in twenty years, or more likely ten, and ask Ngnat "Why didn't your characters ever smile?" in all innocence. Five minutes later we'll wish we had never brought the subject up.

Still, I'm looking forward to the recitation.

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March 31, 2003

Animeniac

Animeniac

Ngnat drew her first recognizable picture last week.




Totoro
Black Sharpie on Post-It Note pad backing.

He seems......pensive to me.

And yes, the Internet is my refrigerator. Thanks for asking.

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