After dinner she told me her teacher told her to draw a flying mustache. I told her that sounded like an awesome idea. A few minutes later she came downstairs to ask me to draw, "a half sun, some clouds and a flying mustache."
"Aren't you supposed to draw the flying mustache?" I ask.
"Well, I'm not very good at drawing them," she told me.
So, after figuring out that "a half sun" is a sun that is not all the way on the page, but is kind of taking up one corner of the page, I drew said sun, two fluffy clouds, "oooh, you're good at that!", and a handlebar mustache floating in the air.
As she was leaving I told her, "You know, mustaches aren't just shapes like that. They're a whole bunch of hairs all going in one direction that make up a shape of a mustache." Then I showed her a little example, and beyond all of my expectation, she came up with a good looking flying mustache. Along with some other items you may have noticed.
- The Pigeon (from the Mo Willems series)
- An ice cream truck with a little kid getting his ice cream from the Ice Cream Man
- a can of Coca Cola, and I don't know if you can tell, but there's a picture of a guy holding a coke can on the can, and on that can is a picture of a guy holding a coke can... (we had that conversation. I may have prompted it, but she took it and RAN)
- A dog on top of the coke can. It's dancing.
- An alien baby.
- A baby elephant alien (me - where are its ears? Coco - those lines on its head are the ears. me - oh, right.
- A rocket ship. I must admit that was my idea when she asked, what else should I draw? me - a plane? Coco - ... me - a rocket ship? Coco - AWESOME!!!
- A flying bird
- A multi-colored, polka dotted Panda Bear (R may have come up with that one, actually. She may have even drawn it, but if so it's an uncredited appearance.)
A little bit about Fred's house, if you'll indulge me. It's an old gift box that's probably leftover from when GQ and I had our Yellow Dog Folk Art gift store (that's another story from a long time ago). She's decorated it and came to me to ask me to cut the door so Fred could go inside. We had to make some adjustments b/c Fred is actually bigger than you'd think. So, after door cutting her final request was for a mail slot ("so I can leave him messages!" there are a lot of exclamation marks being thrown around the Benefield House tonight). Mail slot cut ("it can also be a window!!!")
So, this drawing. "The Best I've EVER Drawn!!!" will hopefully make it's way to the Morning News at our beloved school. Our school has a live daily news broadcast where a drawing is showcased during Opening Music, The Moment of Silence, and Closing Music. Good stuff.
My fear of course is the crash that comes after a Manic burst. We'll see. Tomorrow will be here before I know it.