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Marker time

02.28.09 | Comment?

I have a deep love for my collection of gel pens (G2 Pilot all the way), highlighters, and dry erase markers. Maybe it’s a distraction. But I think it keeps things interesting.

Awhile ago, Joel got a couple of inexpensive dry erase boards at Lowe’s to use for his work and my compulsive med school nerdery, or merdery, (biochem pathways and anatomy vasculature, etc.), and Zoe has taken an interest. Lately one of our favorite things to do is marker time.

You have to watch her. We learned that the first time we gave her a crayon at 7 months old, and then got a booster shot of the lesson when she violated Joel’s inner sanctum last month. (Daily I swear never to give her any writing utensil again, forever and ever amen. But I’m melodramatic and a sucker for her face.) Anyway it’s a good way to spend some time with her, and I enjoy freely drawing for a few minutes. Once upon a time I was a bit of an artist.

There are the usual: shapes, hearts, stars, letters, numbers, writing her name, trace the hands and feet, outline the kid standing flush with the board… When she starts drawing lines and scribbles, sometimes I do my own thing, too. Dogs, cats, cartoons. She likes those. At some point she started saying, “Write Simpson*?”

The routine goes something like this.

“Write Simpson? Write Marge?” I oblige and draw her to the best of my ability. “Shirt?” I draw her necklace and dress. “Shoe on!” Red shoes. “Good! Write Homer?” and so on, to Maggie and Bart. She doesn’t ask for Lisa, but sometimes I include her if we get that far. Almost immediately, she demands that I “‘Rase! ‘Rase!” Apparently I take too long to do so, because she attacks the drawings’ faces (eyes, noses, and mouths, in that order, and then to the clothes) and says, “NO HOMER! NO MARGE! NO MAGGIE!” I need to get this on video for posterity. It’s hilarious. Below is a picture which I will replace as soon as I get a better one.

Zoe and Mom have marker time.

Zoe and Mom have marker time.

*The fact that our two-year-old knows the names and several details of the Simpsons main characters might be of concern to some. We don’t let her watch any Itchy & Scratchy skits, and we decided long ago that Family Guy and South Park, while hilarious, are not appropriate for her. But the Simpson family made good Halloween costumes for us last year, they do love each other deep down, and I think it’s a very clever and not entirely unwholesome show.

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