American in Spain


October 14, 2010
Scribbler (freeze frame)

by erikrasmussen, on Flickr")When I took Nora to her 18-month doctor's checkup, the doctor asked questions like, "Does she do X?", "If you give her Y, does she do Z with it?", etc. Beaming with paternal pride, I was able to answer yes to all of them...until he said, "If you give her a pencil and paper, will she draw?" I had to answer, "Probably, we've never really done that," as I plummeted down the rabbit hole of "I'm a terrible parent" guilt.

When we got home, I gave her a pen and paper, and she scribbled away like a tormented artist. She seems to slightly favor her right hand, but she'll scribble with her left as well. It's cute how, when her mother rotates the page to give her a clean canvas, she gets upset and demands it be rotated back to how it was.

When she finishes a "drawing", she likes to carry it around the house for a minute or two until something else catches her eye.