Sunday, January 06, 2008

Monster Invasion

Angy's obsession of the moment is Monsters, Inc. He loves to pretend to be a monster coming out from under the bed and will throw you a cue if you miss your mark of when exactly and how exactly to show your fear. He wants very specific "Aaaahhhh!" type screams only. Nothing overdone or too showy. He will make you do it over the right way if you get too Broadway. No showboating! With great luck, I found this dinosaur/ dragon/monster suit for him on a particularly good thrifting day this week. He was giddy and couldn't wait to get to the full length mirror to admire his ferociousness. Now he gets more bang for his buck when he tries to scare us because he just knows he is terrifying in the costume.

And he is drawing monsters now. I couldn't possibly be more proud. I have been waiting for this milestone rather impatiently. I LOVE little kid drawings of themselves and the way they see the world. It is just too precious and hilarious.

TASTY LITTLE SIDENOTE, ANYONE? I used to babysit for this family we will call the Whites. Little Boy White's friend, whose family incidentally would later become one of my all-time favorite families to sit for, was mauled by a dog at a birthday party. Bigtime. His face was ripped off and over 200 stitches were required to reattach his nose and forehead. Really bigtime. Anyway, the kid I was watching wanted to make a get well card for his buddy and drew this horrendous picture complete with a bubble-bodied dog with large fangs drenched in blood hovering over a sobbing child covered in tears and blood with the word "Sorry!" canopied above it all in little kid script across the top. It was so rad. I intercepted it before delivery could be made, though. I didn't want to be the person responsible for any flashbacks. Little Boy White's parents were pleased with my decision, and later told me they had put the drawing in their son's babybook.

Anyhow....on Christmas, Angus started drawing people. Well, preschool renderings of people and robots---the kind with a circley body/face hybrid and stilt-like limbs. And now he has started drawing monsters.

He was just born cool, folks. There's just no denying it.

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