Sunday, March 14, 2010


My little man is in many ways no different from other nine-year old boys. He jumps. He runs. He rarely stops moving. His active mind often finds it difficult to focus on one thing unless that thing catches his attention and intrigues him.

Something grabbed him the other night - drawing. Go figure. He has admired his sister's work and decided he was going to make a go of it himself. Realizing that this would mean sitting, focusing, and finishing, I was skeptical of his attempt, but I kept my opinions to myself and encouraged him in his endeavor.

His first attempt almost did him in. I gently focused him and he went back to his drawing. I just watched from the couch as he sat and diligently worked to produce his masterpiece. His determination was obvious in his eyes that darted from his paper to his book and back again. I am kicking myself for not taking a picture. He was in another world. A world that he does not regularly visit.

To add to the amazement, the rest of us were watching a movie in the family room during this entire time. Not that the movie was amazing. The fact that he was choosing this project was amazing. Then again, my son is amazing. His drawings of fruit, flowers, and a dog were amazing. They are not award winning, but his focus was in my book. He found something that he couldn't do and worked until he could.

We are now back to the craziness of a nine-year old boy's life. In those few moments of time, that exercise in focus, and that expression of his creativity, I saw an additional facet of my awesome little man. I think he is amazing no matter what world he is in.


He & Me + 3 said...

I love to watch my little guy draw and write his numbers and letters. He does show focus. Amazing how they can sit so still while doing something like that & other times be bouncing off the walls. ATleast for my little guy.

Jodi said...

Wow, I'm impressed with his focus too. As the mom of a 10 year old boy, I know the energy little boys have! That is fantastic that he was able to stick with it, esp. during a movie! I have a feeling our boys will hit it off well!