Monday, December 12, 2011

Self Identification

My 4 year old son is really into drawing monsters. Like really into it. Every time he sits down to draw, he draws a monster. When he's at school, he draws monsters, at church, monsters. I have so many monster pictures in this house, it's crazy. Okay, now I feel the need to upload some so you can see their awesomeness.

This is one of our favorites. Note the smiling man in the monster's stomach. He's so happy to have just been eaten.

So, Friday when I went to pick my son up from school, a bunch of the kids were showing their parents what they had drawn that day. Apparently they were learning about self identity--what they looked like as babies and what they look like now. A little girl, showing her mom her picture, said, "This is when I was a baby and this is me now!" Her mom, so proud of the cute big heads with legs attached said, "Good job, honey."

My son, ready for some praise of his own, held up his picture. "Mom, this is me as a baby." I looked at the picture of a small circle with four sticks attached where the arms and legs should be and a big smile on the cute baby's face. Then he continued. "And this is me as a monster!!"

So much for self identification.
(I can't for the life of me figure out how to rotate this pic in blogger. I rotated it in my photo program but now, this. Whatever. You get it. It's a monster. It's scaring a poor little stick guy.)

This is how I feel sometimes when I'm writing. I think I know where my main character is headed, who she is, how she would deal with certain situations. And then she screams: "And this is me as a monster!!"


  1. I love kids drawings. So fun! And so true about the MCs showing their monster faces sometimes!

    Merry Christmas!

  2. By any chance, do his sisters call him a little monster when he does something they don't like? :-)

    In any case, as long as he considers monsters awesome, he's fine. Right?

  3. Love the happy man in the monster's stomach! I hope I'm that happy if I'm ever eaten by a monster.

  4. Janet, I know, I love kids' drawings as well. So fun.

    Linda, no, actually, they never call him that. They have other not so nice names for him, but not that one. But yes, he does think monsters are cool, so that's a good thing.

    Anita, I know, it's so funny. He must think it would be a cool fate--to be eaten by a monster. :)

  5. Those pictures are pretty hilarious! I love the smiling man and the little stick man who's terrified. Aww, monsters. They warm the cockles of my heart.

  6. Laura, Aren't they cute? :) They're always quite detailed as well. I just wonder what's going on in his little brain.

    Chantele, I see your comment in my email but not here on my site. Weird. And the picture your preschooler drew=hilarious.

  7. Oh my gosh, this made me laugh! The pictures Darcy is drawing lately are super interesting...

  8. I love kids drawings - through the monster/alien/princess/superhero phases. It's so much stinkin' fun.

  9. Enjoy the pictures, because it's not long until they're not drawing anything and only looking at their ipods.

  10. Kids' drawings are my favorite part of teaching four-year-olds. I got some REALLLLLY interesting nativity scenes yesterday. o.O LOL.

    My 4yo daughter has interesting drawings, too. We were drawing Christmas trees, and she had a person with a sad face on hers. I said, "Why are you sad?" She goes, "That's not me, that's Ethan." (another kid from our class) I said, "Why is he sad?" "Because he's wearing a dress." Um, okay then. lol.

    Your son's monsters are awesome. And, this is just my opinion, but I think being able to take the assignment and twist it to his specifications is pretty advanced. ;)

  11. Look at it this least he didn't draw YOU as a monster. ;-)

  12. Kasie, that is hilarious! I love his drawings! haha