5 years, 1 month.
Monday afternoon when I picked you up from Pre-K, you asked me to help you get all your artwork from that day out of your folder. It was quite a stack of papers; probably at least 20 different pictures you had drawn there.
Right away, I noticed a peculiar, yet subtle piece of art. You had drawn a dog standing near an anthill.
Near the anthill was a sign that read “Boo” backwards. There were ants and spiders nearby as well.
As I examined the dog carefully, I noticed that as he smiled, he was also “dually relieving” himself.
To be clear, the dog was both “going #1 and #2” at the same time.
I verified what I was seeing, and you quickly admitted what was going on in the picture.
However, you weren’t laughing about it. You kept a straight face, as if to say, “What’s funny about this? This is art. It’s nature.”
I followed up by asking if either your friends or your teacher had seen the picture. They had not.
As soon as we got home, Mommy hung your picture up on the refrigerator.
To my surprise, the next day when I picked you up, déjà vu occurred as I saw a very similar picture; this time with a cat.
This time you smiled: “I made this picture for Mommy!”
We are indeed very proud of your artwork, as were many people on Facebook who saw the pictures as well.
Now that I look back on it, this wasn’t the first time you drew a “dually relieving itself” animal as artwork.
The weekend before the 2015 CMA Awards, a couple of months ago, our family met our friends Mohamed and Lena at the Cool Springs Whole Foods (in Franklin, TN) for a late lunch, around 2:00 PM.
As we were sitting down at the table with our food, Mohamed showed me a picture of both Jessica Biel (Justin Timberlake’s wife) with her baby, as well as Justin Timberlake’s mother.
Then Mohamed pointed over to just a tables away, asking us to verify that the people at the table were indeed the same as the ones he had pulled up on his phone.
Turns out, he was right.
Apparently, Justin Timberlake’s wife, son, and mother were having lunch while Justin was assumedly preparing for his appearance at the CMA Awards; where he would go on to do an instantly legendary performance with Chris Stapleton.
All of that was lost on you. I looked down to see you had just finished drawing a picture of an animal dually relieving itself.
Fast forward to this week: You decided to bring back the concept.