Our Budding Da Vinci

Hannah Rose surprised me today with a chalkboard rendering of E.V.E. and WALL-E. She drew these pictures by herself and completely from memory!

Here’s the first pic I shot:

Here’s the artist with her finished masterpiece. (It should be noted that on this one she incorporated different scenes from the movies…)

It’s interesting that she should do this today–because at dance camp, one of the things they did was to colour a picture of Hello Kitty in a tutu. She’s in a class for 3-5 year olds, and is a young 5. I got to see her picture today, as well as some of the other girl’s pictures. A number of them had coloured in the lines quite well. Hannah Rose had not. She’s still not colouring inside the lines.

That’s not to say that’s a bad thing–and indeed, I’ve not once actually encouraged her to colour inside the lines. I remember being her age, and working so hard to colour inside the lines like the older kids–and to outline everything in black as well. I’ve often wondered if I started colouring inside the lines too soon. When you look at a little kids picture, coloured in “crazy” colours and all over the place instead of traditional colours inside the lines–there’s a certain freedom there.

Kids grow up all too fast. Unless of course, you ask them. Hannah Rose is vascillating right now between wanting to never grow up and wanting to be grown up (so she can have a baby!). So while part of me is anxious to see the woman Hannah Rose will become, and to watch her on that journey–I’m not going to hurry her up along that path. She’s still a child, and while I’m not so idealistic as to believe in the perfect childhood for anyone–I want her to have a childhood.

My childhood ended at the age of 5….and before that, it was hurried up tremendously. And while that’s one of the myriad of things that have created the me I now love, and have brought me to this life I’m now living–I don’t have to want that for her, or for any of our (future) children. I say let her colour out of the lines–for as long as she wants. Let her draw her cats with purple fur and her clouds pink.


Quote of the Day

“What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.”

~Plutarch, 46-120 (Greek Philosopher)


Last weekend was Hannah Rose’s karate-thon.  She competed in a number of events to earn stars that can be sewn on the pant-legs of her karate uniform.

We arrived late–she went to dance class prior to karate–so she missed out on the running events.  Instead of giving out all the awards at once, they would do a couple of events and then pass out awards.  We arrived in time for the running event awards to be passed out.  Hannah Rose was upset at first, because she thought she was not going to get any stars–and she had been looking forward to that.  She used that motivation going into the next events:  push-ups and sit-ups.


Hannah Rose went on to take 1st place in her category for push-ups.  She did 33 of them, surpassing the amount done by other 1st place winners in older age groups.  She came in 2nd place for sit-ups doing 20 of them.  She had put such effort into doing her push-ups that afterwards, tears were streaming down her red face.  She also won a special award–for showing such extreme motivation after being so worried and concerned (about not getting any stars).

She went on to perform her karate forms.  This first video is her doing her Kata.

After her Kata, she did her Ju Kata Do (which was more free-form).

She took 3rd place for her Kata, and 2nd place for her Ju Kata Do.  All in all, the day netted her 5 new stars for her uniform.  This last week she earned another stripe for her belt, and she’s close to earning her next belt.  We are very very proud of how well she did.  She really enjoyed herself, and talks often about becoming a “junior leader” in karate.  She really looks up to the older, more accomplished kids and is eager to join their ranks.

Here she is receiving an award from Sensei Jaye, and you can see all her stars.