Over the last few weeks, Robert has developed an interest in writing books. (It might have been inevitable, as the weather traps us indoors more often than not these days, and I have been extra vigilant about tearing him away from online baseball and Ruff Ruffman reruns.) He likes to lay out text and illustrations over a number of pages, then he borrows Daddy's stapler and slams about 100 staples into the "binding."
I love watching is interest in illustration blossom. My mom is a pen-and-inker and a watercolorist, and I've done a bit of four-panel cartooning, so to see my boy sit over a pad, eyes fixed, tongue caressing his lower lip, makes my heart go thumpa-thump. Penmanship is also an ongoing project in his kindergarten class, so writing captions for his work gives him a lot of practice.
The other day he decided to start a new project for the holiday season. So far he's completed the cover:
I can't wait to read how it ends.