Almost everyday that I pick up my son from daycare he brings me a drawing or a card that he has created. Sometimes his cards have sad faces to express his bad day. Sometimes his cards have writings of “I love you” and drawings of a heart, and of him and myself holding hands. Most of his drawings include Minecraft as well. He brings me so many drawings and artwork, I honestly can’t keep track of it all.
So, the other day, I started going through my pile of papers. I came across a rectangle piece of paper with my son’s name on it and obvious Minecraft figures on the back of it. Each letter of his name had a different color and design. I couldn’t quite understand what each letter was, so I inquired in him. He was excited to explain what each letter represented.
“The teacher asked us to write our names and draw things about us. T is of Daddy going deer hunting”, as he points to the letter, “See, here’s him in the tree and there’s the deer”. I smiled, “That’s cool, Ty”. He continues, “Yeah, and Y is for driving, because I like it when mommy drives. L is for patterns, because I like patterns. E is fireworks, I like fireworks. R is for my eyes, because I like to look at things”.
I was truly amazed by his creative and independent thinking that he put towards this project. His thoughts to incorporate a piece of each of his parents was heartfelt, but to include himself was just simply beautiful. He included what he loves to see, loves to learn and what he loves about himself, and for that, it was quite astonishing to me. This was such a wonderful piece of art that I placed it in the middle of the kitchen table. I put it there in hopes that when we sit there everyday, it will remind him of who he is and how truly remarkable he can be.
I love learning the ways of my son’s thinking and how he observes things. It teaches me more of who he is and the ways I can guide and raise him better. When he introduces something that he makes upon creation, I’m witnessing the soul from inside. It has helped me understand him more and defer what attributes he takes from each parent. Him and I have developed a bond in the similarities of our thinking and artistic minds. The beauty of his creative side is viewing his original thinking and inventiveness. It’s how he creates his house in Minecraft, how he builds a telephone with Lego blocks or how he draws his pictures using feelings, values and insight.
The other night, my son laid down for bedtime. He spoke up, “Mommy, doesn’t that look like a face?”. He pointed to the wall. “Where?” I asked. He sat up and started pointing at a flower design on the wallpaper. “See, that’s an eye, that’s an eye. There’s the nose, and there’s the mouth”, as he scrolled to each part with his tiny finger. I smiled, “Oh okay”. Truth was I couldn’t see what he saw, but I wasn’t going to depict what he was seeing just because my perspective saw it differently. I don’t want him to steer from his thinking by discouraging opinion of others. I want him to be original and have an abstract mind.
At times, I see his creativity evolve in the things he does with his hands, such as Playdoh, Building Bricks and Life-sized Legos. He loves playing with Playdoh and creating things from nothing and making them into something with different colors and shapes. Sometimes it’s a snake, ice cream, or an unknown figure.
Sometimes, he makes houses or castles with his Building Bricks. Sometimes it’s just fun to stack them, just to play the role of a large robot knocking down a city. At times, it was just fun to line them up for a fun game of bowling.
Sometimes he uses his arm sized Legos and creates a car, space ship or a boat. Whatever vehicle he builds for his pretend play, he always makes them crash, because that’s the boy thing to do. Regardless, it always has to be a drastic ending, just to start over again or…to leave a mess for mommy. However, I love to join in on the fun and love combining our different perspectives. These Jumbo Legos are impossible to find to purchase nowadays and I honestly don’t remember who hand them down to us, but it was an awesome set that we got. At times, his projects were so extravagant that he often ran out of Legos, hence why he got the Building Blocks for Christmas.
No matter how he presents his toys and drawings, to me it shows diversity and ingenuity. The insights that he has on life shows through his art and what he creates. It gives me a greater awareness of what my child is learning and the person who he is becoming. The maturity in his thoughts and the visions he presents gives me the sense of pride and wonder. How will he use these thoughts and passions in his adult life? What type of man will he become? Maybe he will choose a career path in becoming an Engineer or Inventor? These are the things that come to mind when I monitor his actions and observe his opinions. How great will he become if he continues to look at the world like he does with those beautiful eyes of his.