A commenter, Pixie, left a comment that she always wanted to be able to draw. That made me laugh. If you had asked me to draw something 15 years ago, I would have told you I couldn't. I didn't know how to draw.
But...along came William. Keeping a small boy entertained is hard work and sometimes I'd just want to sit down a while. He loved books, so we began to read together curled up on the couch. I became rather a connoisseur of children's books. A good children's book had a good story line. A great children's book had a good story line AND great illustrations. William took a special shine to the pictures that went along with the stories.
It is hard not to revisit your own childhood when you are seeing the world through the eyes of a the very young. Something that I remembered very vividly is how much I used to love watching Captain Kangaroo.
Captain Kangarro, Mr. Green Jeans, Dancing Bear, the mischievious Mr. Moose and the ping pong balls, Grandfather Clock, sly Bunny Rabbit and his tricks to get carrots. I also remembered the Magic Drawing Board and how mesmerizing it was to watch the picture take shape before my very eyes as soothing music played. Bali Ha'i, for example, as Magic Drawing Board sketched a tropical paradise.
One day, after reading a book, on a whim, with William curled up on my lap, I got a tablet and I began to drawn. It was Splat the Cat, if you're interested, this very image.
I was a pretty good drawer.
He was a pretty good drawer.