I was listening to the MomTalk Radio podcast recently and the host was interviewing one of the authors of Celebrate the Scribble and the author made a comment that I wanted to share, “Scribbles are to drawing what babbling is to talking.” She went on to discuss how just making a mark on a paper is an accomplishment for childre when they’re very small and then the increasing control they develop allows them to better represent their world. She didn’t mention how sometimes kids don’t know what they’re drawing until they see the picture and so that might be peculiar to Reid when she was a toddler.
I know I’m kind of excited to see that the people and things in Reid’s drawings are increasingly identifiable without her interpretation. Not that I have made the mistake of attempting to comment on the specifics of what it is that Reid has drawn. I talk about the colour or the care she has taken in creating it but I wait for her to say what the subject is. Still, the people she draws have heads, bodies and legs and their faces have eyes and smiles on the them. Reid draws cats with bodies and heads, triangle ears and 4 legs. The one time she got carried away and drew a fifth leg for her cat, Reid was quick to make the last one fuzzy and call it a tail.
In the end, I’m hoping that Reid inherits Ken’s artistic skills. He can draw well and has the patience for detail and beauty. I have enthusiasm for crafting but not talent for art. A blend of the two will serve Reid well.