I’m a pretty firm believer in letting kids guide themselves when it comes to art, writing, creativity. We don’t mess with Bella, who is 4, a lot when she wants to be at her table and just draw. We’ve never given her coloring books – just blank pieces of paper, crayons, and scissors.
So while she doesn’t color in the lines like a pro (and we’re ok with that) she is pretty amazing with her imagination.
Bella just started a few months ago to draw more than just happy and sad faces. She was getting pretty good at those, but I wondered when she would ease into something else.
Then we went to lines that were animals. All different kinds, yet unrecognizable. So cute, Sam and I must have shown each other her drawings hundreds of times, hung them all over the fridge as she stood proudly and watched.
But the other day, she suddenly surprised us when she wanted to make a card for her friend Harrison, Beth Anne‘s little boy who is a month older than her. I gave her a card and an envelope, and let her loose. I was pretty excited when she spelled out her name (well, used the letters without asking me – spelling comes later!).
Then she took it back to, “Do the rest of the drawing for Harry,” and handed me this:
“It’s a duck,” she said proudly, watching my face. “He’s in the water. Please send it to Harry now.”
I fawned over her about how amazing it was, and of course put it on Instagram. Then we slid it in the envelope, addressed it to him, and walked it down to the mailbox. Then I told her how much I loved her drawing and how careful she was doing it, and she beamed.
I love having a 4-year-old.
Diana blogs at Diana Wrote about her life with a daughter here and three sons in heaven, life as an army wife, and her faith. You can also find her work on Liberating Working Moms, She Reads Truth, The New York Times, Still Standing Magazine, and The Huffington Post. Smaller glimpses into her day are on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
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