Last weekend, Christopher (my 4-year-old) asked me to play a game. He said he was going to draw something and I had to guess what it was. Since he has the usual drawing skills of a boy his age, I was obviously a little nervous. Aside from a better-than-I-could-draw sailboat last week, his drawings usually require translation.
So he made his first drawing on a magnet board (think Etch-a-Sketch with a pen instead of knobs), and turned it around toward me. It looked like a bunch of random marks. He said "Guess what dinosaur this is, Mommy."
Whew! A hint! I thought about all the dinosaurs that he knew, and I said "A brontosaurus."
"That's right!" he said.
After a quick erase and a few more strokes of the pen, he said "Here's the next one" and turned the board around.
"YAY! Good job Mommy!"
Cool. This was going to be easier than I thought.
Again, he drew. Again, he turned the board around and asked me what it was. Thinking of the dinosaurs in recent conversation, I said "A pterodactyl?"
"A Tyrannosaurus Rex?"
Uh oh...running out of dinosaurs. I couldn't tell at all what the drawing was, so I decided to be funny. "A Christopher-saurus?"
<laughs> "No, Mommy!"
"A Mommy-saurus?" "A Daddy-saurus?"
He's getting annoyed now. "No, Mom."
I'm starting to feel guilty. How can I tell him that I can't tell what his drawing is?
"Okay, I give up. What kind of dinosaur is it?"
"It's not a dinosaur, Mommy. It's a scribble."
Leave it to my kid to be practical.