Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The Big Questions Begin

Between the ages of four and seven, children go through a phase where they are very much interested in "the big questions". Life, death, and the afterlife are of consistent fascination. If the family is part of a faith community, parents will be delighted at the child's receptivity to the concepts of the faith. George, who turned four earlier this year, is bang on schedule, the Big Question for the day being "How did the Earth begin?" This drawing is a story in two panels, had George the sophistication to draw panels! Both pictures are the same figure, you see. The figure on the left is a happy monster, Then... But why don't we let George tell it? "This [figure on the left] is a monster, and the top of the monster fell off and turned into the earth. When he became the earth, he [referencing figure on the right] was sad, because he didn't have any leg or neck." That's the entire story, but you know, I think given the correct exegetical approach, it could yield riches! Don't you just love the way their little minds work??


Blogger Peter said...

I would be sad too. Without any arms or neck.

5/10/2006 08:15:00 a.m.  
Anonymous kyra said...

oh my goodness! i DO love the way his mind works! and the artwork!!

5/10/2006 08:16:00 a.m.  
Blogger MsSisyphus said...

So, his world has an unhappy god then? Interesting....

5/10/2006 08:30:00 a.m.  
Blogger Granny said...

I love kids. Everything is so simple. And then we have to grow up and complicate it.

5/10/2006 10:22:00 a.m.  
Blogger LoryKC said...

I love the way George's mind works!
It would be tough to sacrifice legs and a neck but I'm glad to see George doesn't shy away from the tough questions! ;)

5/10/2006 11:52:00 a.m.  
Blogger Kristen said...

That is so funny. I love it when kids start to get philosophical and creative like this.

5/10/2006 11:57:00 a.m.  
Blogger AverageMom said...

Girl Terror is at that stage now. Since Hubby and I have different opinions on how the earth began, etc, we are having some troubles. Today she wanted to know how the people got on the earth. They weren't here with the dinos, then the dinos all went extinct, and then....where did the people come from? Arghh. I just can't make myself tell her about evolution.

5/10/2006 12:41:00 p.m.  
Anonymous MJH said...

Really, isn't it just as reasonable (or unreasonable) as evolution or creation? We always underestimate the children's intelligence.

5/10/2006 02:14:00 p.m.  
Blogger kittenpie said...

This sounds like one of those crazy greek myths like how Athena sprang fully formed from Zeus' forehead. Perhaps he can start a whole new cult when he gets bigger...

5/10/2006 02:14:00 p.m.  
Blogger Juggling Mother said...

I've heard sillier creation myths;-)

Scientology is a particularly silly one IMO.

He could be very rich if he sells it right:-)

5/10/2006 03:25:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mamacita Tina said...

Do we have a future children's author/illustrator in our presence? I think so. :-)

5/10/2006 05:16:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Peter: You'd think the first one would be sad because he didn't have any arms, hands, or feet, but apparently not... LOL

Kyra: I love this stage. I also love George's artwork. He's the only one yet who tries to make recognizable things. The others are still mostly at the scribble stage. Darcy scribbles, and then identifies it; Arthur merely scribbles. It's all developmental!

MsS: No, his world has an unhappy world. Or the world is the god, simultaneously, and yes, it's sad. See what I mean about there being lots of stuff in here, if you've the inclination??

Granny: This is simply bizarre by me, but George is happy with it! What is simple and what is not has always confused adults: we complicate the simple, and attempt to simplify the complicated, and much grief results...

Lory: The sacrifice was made, but it made the monster sad. Poor monster. Yesterday, George was deep in conversation with Darcy about his grampa who got very sick and didn't get better and now lives up in the sky with God. Very sweet.

Kristen: I do, too, and George, he's a smart little dude. Such fun to listen to when he starts with this stuff.

AverageMom: It strikes me that if you with your different beliefs can be happily married, you are an example of tolerance and mutual respect of beliefs. I bet you can teach this to your kids! You can be true to what you believe and respectful of the other guy's position.

mjh: With this question, it all comes down, in the end, to faith. There is no way of knowing for sure, so however you structure it: philosphically, scientifically, theologically, they all require a leap of faith. So, yes.

Kittenpie: George as cult-leader. I'm trying to picture it. In truth, I think he lacks the necessary blinding charisma to attract followers, but his methodical mind could certainly develop one. I trust he'll only use his powers for good.

MrsA: As I said to Kittenpie, I don't think he has the charisma. The boy would need a front man.

MTina: Prior to this, I would have said George didn't have so much in the way of creative imagination. A very clever brain, but not so much with the loosey-goosey go-with-the-flow. Seems I was wrong. Maybe he was just a late bloomer!

5/11/2006 08:35:00 a.m.  
Blogger mo-wo said...

I love that you can explain this all to clued out parents like me -- and that people get to ride on your knowledge at a really decent price at your daycare!

You rock the child care provision community!

5/12/2006 11:13:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should hear my four year old Nick tell the story about, "George Washington Boom Boom, the monster from monster world". He has 16 heads and he is green with lots and lots of sharp teeth. He is a mean guy...

5/13/2006 12:12:00 a.m.  
Anonymous krista said...

Aw, I love kid art. I have a little one named George as well. he is 10 months old.

And that picture up there of the giraffes. Oh man, it is soooo cute.

5/14/2006 09:11:00 a.m.  

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