Friday, October 26, 2012

fish. or rabbit.

OK, well I'm starting off badly here because this blog is meant to be a journal of my photographic efforts as well as my daily life with Tim.  And here it is, my first phone camera shot.  Bad.

But what it is of, I wanted to document before it got lost, or forgotten, or passed over.  I feel that quite keenly these days, that each new word, or each new accomplishment, if it's not recorded in the moment will quickly be swallowed up, and soon it will be difficult to remember that there was a time before he could say "moon" or, in this example, make a drawing of a fish (or a rabbit). This is his first representational drawing, I believe, and that's why I want to record it here.

See that green splodge, in the upper right hand corner?  I started it.  Then Tim took the green felt-tip off me, and gave it some more colour and more shape, and when he had finished he pointed to it and made his sound for fish: opening and closing his mouth so his lips give a soft little pop.  A fish!  He drew a fish! I thought excitedly.  So I grabbed the orange pen and drew a couple more - and he decorated them a bit with the green pen he was still holding.

Then I remembered that his sound for fish is pretty much the same as his sound for rabbit (you see, it's based on the sound of a rabbit twitching his nose and munching on a carrot, but in Tim's mouth it comes out pretty much the same as the fish).  And I began to wonder if perhaps his green drawing had been of a rabbit, not a fish? So I attempted to draw in some rabbits, to see if they got a bigger reaction from him.  They didn't.

Fish or rabbit, rabbit or fish, it's definitely a drawing.

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