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Friday, June 19, 2009

Indulging his inner artist

I was in Robbie's room last night to tuck him in bed and say prayers, when I looked up and saw this:


and this:


and this:


"Robbie! What did you do to your walls?!"


"Don't tell me nothing, you colored on your walls."

"Not me. It was a ghost."

"It was a ghost my foot. Why did you do that?"

"To make it beautiful."

And then my mind turned to The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (if you haven't read it, definitely put in on your summer reading list. It's both short and inspiring.) As a teenager, Pausch lobbied his parents to let him paint his bedroom and draw all sorts of crazy things on the walls. And his folks said yes.

The difference here is that Robbie is not a teenager and he went with the "ask forgiveness, not permission" philosophy.

So I said, "Robbie, the next time you want to make something beautiful either do it on paper or ask Mommy or Daddy if it's ok first."

But I have to admit that there is something endearing about his dinosaur art. And I don't want to be guilty of quashing his inner artist, which has shown itself before. So, I'm leaving it right where he put it.


Cindi said...

Oh my...Randy Pausch was the first thing I thought of when I saw the pictures, and then you mentioned him.

Good for you in deciding to leave his artwork there!

Anonymous said...

I actually think the "coloring" part is pretty good. I like the orange with the black!

Good job letting him display his artwork for all to see! :)

Eternal Lizdom said...

A lovely story and an important lesson that I hope I can remember. I have a feeling that Zach will be the one to decorate his spaces...

Sharon said...

He's a good artist! Good for you for letting him keep it up. I'm sure he'll remember that always.

Shannon @ Gabi's World said...

He is a great artist!

Angie Seaman said...

This cracks me up! Love his artistic point of view. :) Hope your leg is feeling better as well. You did the right thing by going to the ER. :)

Blessings, Angie

sara said...

Oh my goodness! I love that he colored on his wall!!! :) But I agree- ask mom first! And if MY kids did that I would freak out!