I try hard not to post too much about the kids. I want this to be a design blog and not be about family–although I enjoy many design and lifestyle blogs that do both. But today I had to do a quick post about my dreamy four-year-old.
Duncan is almost five and finishing his last year of preschool. Instead of trying to describe him, I’ll just list a few typically kooky things he does:
-He hangs out under our dining room table talking “cat language” to our cats usually in the form of a song
-He usually wears his clothes backwards but just on accident
-Last year at Thanksgiving when asked what he was thankful for he said “dragons”
-When I have asked him to sit up and eat his dinner he has looked at me out of one eye and whispered “but I’m a dead turtle”
-After taking him and his brother to a big indoor play space for two hours where they ran around and played I asked him if he had fun and he said “Were you there?”
He’s pretty spacey and dreamy but a very kind sweetheart too. I love that he loves plants and flowers and likes to help me with my various projects.
Today when I picked him up at school the class had made masks of creatures they each wanted to be: Most were birds, tigers, bears, etc. Duncan chose to be an Ent from the movie The Lord of the Rings (yes, the boys have seen a very edited version of those movies with me holding the remote!). For those of you who don’t know what Ents are, here’s a picture:
They are thoughtful, old souls that care for the forests.
Duncan was “in character” all afternoon. He took big slow steps and would only talk in a quiet slow voice. Several kids in the class began to call him “Treebeard.” When we got home he insisted on having a talk with all the plants and trees in the yard to make sure they were OK. We then had a tea party and invited other Ents (the penguin and the Godzilla in the pictures below) and a few house plants.
We also had to use our leaf plates and bowls.
Eventually we got up and our old cat Fig joined the party.
Looks like Treebeard is wearing his clothes inside out and backwards.
Special thanks to Teacher Jackie for drawing this beautiful Ent mask. Special thanks to Duncs for giving me a magical afternoon!