Every school day my son requests his doodle...the one I draw on his snack bag. At times elaborate, whimsical, topical, but mostly just whatever he is into at the moment. I am NOT an artist, but indulge this request each day for fun. This is a daily musing about his requests.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Warm & Fuzzy Family, Er, Values
Maybe it was the weekend spent at Grandma's with the whole family, including the nursing home visit with Great-Grandma...hanging out with cats and babies and geriatrics. A wholesome and relaxing time indeed. This morning Oscar had more familial affection on his mind when I asked what the doodle would be today. Super quick response, "Draw Saturday!" That's the guinea pig, our one and only pet. A docile creature whose dietary preferences always surprise me (he won't eat cucumbers?) and penchant for pooping is unmatched by any animal I've ever met. I'm pleased with this request as it seems tender and intimate, until Oscar grabs Saturday to be my model. We already have limited time and the uncaged state will surely lead to lots of excrement for me to clean up before we leave for school. Also, and I can only hope this is not misunderstood by any PETA members that may happen upon this blog, but Oscar's handling of the guinea pig is sometimes a bit, um, playful. He is an excited 6 year old; Saturday is a nervous rodent. We love animals, and I think it is important for a kid to learn the responsibilities of caring for another creature. Having said that, as great as a pet he is, he is really not into any role or game play. Oscar seems unwilling to accept this fact and this morning's modeling set up is a perfect example. While Oscar was trying to create an entire "scene" for me to replicate, Saturday was pooping and desperately trying to get himself in a corner so he wouldn't be bothered. Sigh...I think I captured his true spirit, even if I couldn't quite capture the look of terror in his eyes. We love you Saturday xoxo