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I'm speechless

Ever had your child do something that just floors you? Something you never thought they could do? Some hidden talent?

Ok, so it might not be anything special, but to me it is. I'm proud of this, and I'm sharing.

In school last week, Michael and Matthew had a few days where they talked about Horton the Elephant. One day, they were asked to draw a picture of Horton. Michael's looks like a couple of circles with lines radiating out from it. What you would expect from 3 and 4 year olds. Matthew's...well. It's an elephant. I mean REALLY an elephant. It has exactly four legs. It has a tail. It has a trunk. It has big elephant ears. It has eyes. It even has TUSKS. All of this in the right place. I'M AMAZED. You could tell what this is without having been told it was an elephant.

It's too early to tell, but did he get the artistic tendencies of my side of the family? (HOPE!HOPE!HOPE!) We worry so much about his development, and he never seems interested in taking part in art. He focuses on one color and will only use it. (Right now, he's in his 'sea foam green' phase) But could there be talent in there somewhere?


*EDIT* Oh, I forgot to include this little gem about when we took Matthew to the neurologist. It warmed my heart and made me feel better about all he goes through. The neurologist wanted to judge whether he could identify emotions. He drew a smiley face, a frowning face, and a face with a straight line for a mouth. He asked what each were. Matthew said happy, sad and mad. The doctor then asked which one was Matthew and he pointed to the smiley face :)


( 4 thoughts — Whatcha' think? )
May. 19th, 2005 04:14 pm (UTC)
This is definitely an elephant.

I used to draw really well, but I only used two colours, black and red, hated all the others. Might be that he thinks in lines rather than colours.
May. 19th, 2005 05:31 pm (UTC)
You know, now that you mention it, that would make a lot of sense. He's always had this thing for puzzles. We watch him work the puzzles and it doesn't look like he's solving them in the way we do. He doesn't seem to match the pictures on each piece. It seem more like he is going on shapes, or where that design fits into the larger picture. I'm not sure what is going on inside his head, but it seems to be a purely 'Matthew' way of thinking :)

hey - I'm never going to force him into thinking any other way just because what he is doing is different. I totally support out of the box thinking.
May. 19th, 2005 04:15 pm (UTC)
That's an elephant for sure.
May. 19th, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
he is MOST DEFINATELY an artist.
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