I posted some photos on my Flickr page of young George today. See, my sweet boy found a pencil, so naturally, he drew. On the wall. All over the wall.
After I posted the pictures, a few friends commented that maybe they aren’t baby ready — they were horrified. Now, I don’t know if they were horrified that the child had drawn on the wall, or that I thought it was worthy of a picture rather than punishment, but I assume it’s a little of both.
But LOOK at him! Here he is posing with his mural masterpiece:
Admiring his work:
Having absolutely NO idea that he’s been a bad boy. Look at that smile:
They aren’t the only photos of the child being naughty. There are multiple pictures of him on the table, for example:
This is what happens when you walk away without actually LOOKING what is on the kitchen table.
And of course, he opens things up and makes toys out of objects that ARE NOT toys, such as the famous tampon incident:
I’m only sorry that the similar photos I have of Hank, such as the time he dumped out an entire salt shaker on the table, and pretended it was a massive Little People snow storm, are on film rather than easily accessable on digital.
So it made me wonder: Am I not strict enough? Are my boys little terrors?
See, to me, and to most parents I know, these incidents are rites of passage. When Hank got home from school today, and saw George’s artwork on the wall, he was horrified. At 7 years old, Hank will never do something as “bad” as draw on the wall again. George is 3, and I only have him this way for so long. He’ll be 7 soon, then 11, then 16, then a man. As a man, he’ll be serious and he’ll work. He’ll have worries and fears. He’ll try and fail at some things, while reaching success at others. He’ll struggle. He’ll ultimately prevail, I hope. And when that happens, I’ll have photos of him drawing on the wall and using a tampon as a whistle.
Until then, I plan to hold on to my foul mouthed hooligans as tightly as possible.