Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Grr...Argh...

Some days I feel like Joss Whedon's Mutant Enemy puppet. Except that would be nicer, because then someone would be walking me around, instead of me having to expend the energy to do it myself.

Last night, instead of finishing the Sequel chapter I was working on, I got to sit in Nayna's room and wait for her to stop crying. She had been watching one of those pretend nature programs set in prehistoric times. Normally those don't bother her, but for whatever reason the carnivorous bird chick hatching and then being attacked by giant ants touched a nerve and the poor little thing just bawled.

Hot Stuff and I felt awful for letting her watch it. We should have known better--she's only five! I used to cry over nature shows when the cute animals would get eaten, too. Granted, the little bird puppet wasn't exactly cute, but she liked it well enough. Fortunately, after about forty-five minutes she stopped crying and informed me that the mother bird had left someone to watch the baby bird, and they scared away all the ants.

(See? Storytelling = quick emotional bandaids!)

Of course, Hot Stuff and I felt a little less guilty for damaging her delicate sensibilities when I showed him her drawing from earlier that day:

Hunters Versus the Mammoth

Look at that technical skill! I love how the trunk is coming up over the mammoth's back to show action as he throws the screaming, terrified person up in the air. You'll notice the abandoned spears on the ground, and the look of abject fear on the second person's face. I didn't ask her what the red streak on his shirt was.

She did inform me yesterday that she only likes extinct animals. Apparently her pity only applies to them, as well. People are fair game.

22 comments:

Mariah Irvin said...

Love the illustration.

I hope I don't have nightmares about mammoths tonight.

Marsha Sigman said...

I love the way kid's draw.LOL My son did a huge poster of all of us together when he was little. We all have huge square heads and one regular sized arm and one really short one. I have no clue why. It hangs on the wall in my office.

Karen said...

Okay, that drawing is AWESOME!! Please, please, please tell me it is hanging in an area of prominence in your home.

(I love the non-injured hunter's eye popping open in surprise.)

Donna Gambale said...

This is hysterical. Thank you thank you thank you for posting up that drawing.

Also, I IMMEDIATELY knew what your post title was referring to. After YEARS of watching Buffy and Angel, I didn't realize how much I missed that lil guy and his growling until I started watching Dollhouse. Woo Joss!

Natalie Whipple said...

Nayna's got skillz. That fear is spot on.

Marybeth Poppins said...

I love the pictures kids draw!

sraasch said...

Your daughter should either be an artist or a paleontologist. Maybe a cool combination of both.

Rachel Bateman said...

Your post title left me hankering for some Firefly.

Nayna's drawing is epic! Frame that one.

Anita Saxena said...

Nayna sounds precious. I love the action in her drawing.

Natalie said...

I love kids art. That drawing is priceless!

Megs said...

What a sensitive little sweetheart. ;) And come on - there are tons of people who love alive animals; someone has to feel for the extinct ones.

lora96 said...

Love the picture. Very evocative. Good luck with the animal show trauma--I can't even stand to watch Animal Planet as an adult bc I shout "Run! RUN!" and then cover my eyes before some frantic cute animal gets devoured.

As for puppetry, let's just say that if I were a marionette, the puppetmaster was laughing his butt off today.

Myrna Foster said...

Loved the drawing! LOL

My kids cry over stuff like that too. Or they run out of the room before it happens.

Elaine 'still writing' Smith said...

To be on the safe side, it's probably best ot avoid re-runs of Jurassic Park; Nayna'll never leave the house again.

CMOM Productions said...

You should frame that one... or at least put it on the fridge!

Whirlochre said...

Mammoths! Such unforgiving tuskmasters!

My favourite here is the half a shocked onlooker. Has that Oliver Hardy look-to-camera look.

Liam said...

Mrs. White,
This is a letter to inform you that your son/daughter has amazing asrtistic skill, and is being offered a free apprenticeship at Felipe's Art Emporium. Just pay our taxes, and we'll supply her materials as well!

Sincerely,
Lord Fake-quad
Spamalot

Maya / מיה said...

That picture is adorable... and I agreed that it shows artistic skill! I think it also shows storytelling skill... you can see the whole scene playing out in her mind. Maybe there's another writer in the family. :)

CKHB said...

The hunters obviously had it coming.

Carrie Harris said...

I love this drawing. All I get are dancing lightsabers. Over and over and over and over.

patdwhite said...

excellent skill in rendering the picture. Mom would have fun doing a sand tray with Elena wouldnt she?

adrienne said...

Your daughter is quite the artist. The mammoth appears to be eyeing that poor hunter flying overhead.