My 5-year old son loves projects. He’s always drawing pictures or using copious amounts of scotch tape to create 3-dimensional boxes and what-not. Today, he said to me: “Daddy, wouldn’t it be great if we could hire a man to build a secret tunnel from the TV room (on the lower floor) up to the dining room (ground floor).” When I told him it wouldn’t be a great idea because a tunnel in the middle of the TV room would take up too much space in the open room, he replied: “No, daddy, we’d build the tunnel in the closet.” An eminently sensible proposal, I thought. I did distract him from the idea of renovating our house by suggesting that we join a few wooden tables and throw a blanket over them so that they made a secret tunnel. Jonah took to the idea like a house afire. Before we knew it there was a secret tunnel with an adjoining “living room” filled with toys for Jonah’s entertainment.
A few months ago I first got the notion that I should scan one of his pictures and publish it here. I don’t know why it took me so long to think of doing this nor do I know why it’s taken me so long after thinking of the idea before I actually did it. Call it inertia that comes from having three little children and not knowing what you should do next.
Anyway, Jonah did this drawing together with his nanny, Pearl. They were copying images of sea creatures displayed on his placemat. I think they did a great job.