Thursday, September 12, 2013

Nap and a crayon. What a terrible idea.

There are times you make decisions that, in retrospect, are incredibly stupid in an immediately obvious way. One so bad even non-parents will give you the side-eye. Today I made one of those decisions. I gave Toddler Flails-a-lot a crayon and a notebook when I put her down for a nap because she asked for it.

Thing is, Toddler Flails-a-lot is a never-napper. She's great about bedtime at night, but she cannot be bothered to fit naps into her active lifestyle during the day. I was sleep deprived and loopy from my cold (caught from her, naturally) so when she looked me full in my face and requested a crayon and her mini drawing pad....well, I thought that sounded like a great idea.

Toddler Flails-a-lot can draw anywhere -- in the car, while she's being carried, at a meal, any time. It is one of our surefire occupiers when she's bored. I thought she'd draw for two seconds then fall asleep with the crayon clutched in her tiny toddler hand. It would adorable. She went into her crib with a happy contentment. I face-planted into my bed fully dressed. Everyone won...

I wake up to THIS
What is she trying to depict here? Fish? An explosion? Avant-garde art?

When I get to her crib she has the nerve to say, "Oh no! Circles!" She points. "It was ac-shi-dent." I point to the crayon under her nails (she likes to gouge them) and the notebook cover that also has circles on it. "Was that an accident too?" She looks at me seriously, thinks. "Yaaaas," she says solemnly.
Well played, child. Well played.

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  1. She's a future designer. I think I like the orange stripeyness of the crib now. I hope you leave it. It's a classic. She knew what she'd do. She'd make it better.

  2. Yes... artist in training and the coming up with explanations, priceless!!


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