Today's choice of eclectic reading material was one of my Art History books from sophomore year at Mizzou. He happened upon a picture of Color Study, Squares with Concentric Circles by Wassily Kandinsky.
Big J: "Look at this, Mommy! Such colors!"
Me: "Yes, that is certainly colorful! I like it."
Big J: "I like it because it's covered in circles! Don't you think circles are one of the best shapes? Can we make one?"
I love when my kids get enthusiastic so, I got out the stack of felt that has been sitting in my closet and cut out a bunch of circles and squares (as a former art teacher, I have large quantities of such things that I saved at one point or another. Frugality is key when you are a teacher and have to spend all of your paycheck and half of your soul on supplies just to do your job). Big J and his brothers, 2 1/2 year old twins Little H and Little O spent a (mostly) pleasant morning arranging the felt in different combinations on the felt board and arguing/agreeing in intervals about which combinations worked best. I loved this so much because 1) I got to drink my coffee warm, 2) it was an art project with no mess (winning!) and 3) there was nothing sharp involved so the squabbling couldn't turn into shanking.
Me, hoping to instill some appreciation of nature: "What a beautiful place! The river is amazing, isn't it boys! It does your soul good to be so close to something like that, doesn't it!"
Big J, fishing a rock out of his pocket that he had evidently been saving for just such an occasion: "Yes, now let's throw stuff in it!"
Not wanting any of my children to topple into the river, we found a spot near the river where it had rushed over and formed a puddle. The boys picked up rocks and threw them in that puddle to their hearts' content. It's the little things, really!
Little O, throwing a rock in and pointing at the ripples: "Circles! Look!"
Big J: "Look at all those circles! Is the whole world covered in circles, Mommy? We just keep on seeing them today."
I love to hear my children make connections and watch them learn. I love their quirky souls. I hope they never get too old to go on adventures with me!