The other day Simon, Grace, and I found ourselves with a sleeping Ruth and an entire afternoon without plans. (Something that recently never seems to happen.) As we talked about what we should do with our time Simon wanted to show me a book he had checked out of the library. It was called "Draw Dinosaurs".
I hadn't seen a book like this for years! Growing up my grandpa bought me loads of these kinds of books---how to draw cartoons, horses, fruit, 1950's costumes, whatever...and I LOVED them. LOVED THEM. I poured over them for hours and hours, drawing everything in those books over and over again.
But then I went to college where I majored in art and apparently got too cool for them and then forgot about these books completely until Saturday when Simon showed this one to me. (He thought I might want to use it for the art class I'm teaching.)
After looking through it we pulled out some paper and pencils and got to work. It was like old times! I was 10 years old all over again. It was so much fun with all of us there talking and drawing around the kitchen table.
In truth, Grace lost interest after only about 15 minutes but Simon and I were there for quite awhile. With both of us busy drawing side by side it gave us an opportunity to talk about school, friends, and everything else under the sun. It was a perfect way to spend some time with my 8 year old.
Boys are funny things...they don't always want to just sit down and chat about their life...but this gave us the perfect activity to facilitate that kind of communication. I think we'll do this again and often. Simon just told me about the "Draw Cars" book that he wants to check out next. I told him--get it!
(And any other book that you'll want to sit down and talk to your mom about for an entire afternoon.)
Time with our children is limited and I'll take every one on one minute I can get...especially when those minutes were as enjoyable as the ones that we had the other day.
Have a great Tuesday!