I want to go on record as being completely humbled by those young parents, and aunts and uncles, and grandparents, who have been doing the online art course in Sketchbook Skool with Very Small People at their elbows. And into their art supplies. And crawling all over their studios… or dancing on the kitchen tables… as they try to draw and paint.
We are currently in Knoxville, Tennessee to spend about four months with our grandsons, aged Almost 3 and Already 6. It has been such fun, and we’ve only been here a week. Right now we are sharing Kid Wrangling duty with a young friend/babysitter/nanny (Bless you Alex!) until their Mom and Dad get back from a business trip. There is simply nothing like the excitement of a train – a “longlonglonglonglong TWAIN!!”, or of a Krispy Kreme donut assembly line – “a Piwate donut!!” (yes, they now make donuts decorated like pirates), when you are holding the hand of someone with red hair and boundless energy. Think Gerald McBoingBoing.
Over the last 30 years, I had forgotten the energy and manual dexterity and back muscles it takes to just get a squirming 30 pounds into a car seat. Or to remember to cut up the onions and Green Stuff into invisible minced bits for spaghetti sauce. Or to not actually say, “Don’t point the slingshot at the window!” (say, “Point it at the dirt,”, no need to be planting ideas) – or more to the point, “WTF was their father thinking to leave a slingshot within reach?!!”
So we’re all fine here, but some of us aren’t getting very much art done until Mom and Dad get back to town in a couple of days. I hope to be able to do a trip map with sketches about our 12 day, 3,000+ mile drive to get here. But in the meantime, kudos to those of you who find the time and energy to paint with and in spite of the Very Small People in your lives. And enjoy every minute of it, it slips away in a heartbeat.
I wish I had taken a picture of the homework page that Henry did with his sketch of Eloise, but it went back to school with him on Monday and it’s now probably in the Library of Congress. That’s okay though, I’m guessing there will be more art to share in a day or two!