family portrait - marker on cardboard
Cameron has never been very interested in the art of coloring and doodling. I would see all his little classmates engrossed in their coloring pages at school but Cameron would give it maybe 5 minutes before he gets bored.
On the other hand, ask him a question such as how a dishwasher operates, or how gasoline powers cars, and he can tell you how in amazing detail. He astounds me with knowledge of such things. In his analytical and mechanically minded head, he really couldn't be bothered with the silly little drawing implements. Until recently, I never really pushed him to continue practicing, afraid he might develop a long lasting aversion to it. Meanwhile, my 2 year old has been able to hold a pencil correctly and draw basic shapes pretty accurately for a few months now. I started to get worried, especially since most of his classmates can write their own names now.
Then a couple weeks ago, I started to see a change. He will now spend a good hour just scribbling and I think all the practice has strengthened his fingers so that he can hold his pencil accurately, use the scissors well and also use these chopsticks effortlessly.
Anyway, Cameron drew this picture for me today. I almost cried because this is the first time he had drawn anything like this. He told me this is our family portrait and we are standing underneath a umbrella with raindrop kisses falling on top. I asked him why mummy had no tummy and he told me it's because since both babies are out of my tummy (sister and himself), I don't need one anymore.
I love this little man.