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Friday, July 12, 2013

Bow's Penmanship

Today, when I asked Bow to mark with an x the passage of yet another day since Sword left on her trip, Bow did not make an X. He tried to write something instead.

Here is what he wrote, close up.

It looks a little like Bow's name in Hebrew:  קשת. The shin (ש)  in the middle is incomplete, but you can see a sort of quf (ק) at the beginning and a taf (ת) at the end. "Did you write Bow?" I asked him. He did not answer at first, but later, when I asked what he had written on the calendar, he answered that it was his name. "Why?" I asked. "Why not?" he spelled. (למה לא).

Afterwards, when I thought he was going to ask to go outside, he gazed longingly at the calendar and spelled he wanted to write some more. I didn't want him scribbling on the calendar, so I went and got a blank piece of paper on a clipboard.

This time, the result of Bow's efforts looked less like writing and more like drawing. Here is what it looked like:

Whatever I may think of Bow's final product, there are some things about his behavior surrounding the pen and paper use that do impress me. He concentrated on the task at hand, capped the pen when he was done, and handed me the finished work. That's real progress in self control for Bow.


  1. Do you ever let Bow experiment with water paints and paper. I think he might enjoy doing that.

    1. That's a good suggestion, Julia. I've never given him water colors, but he has had markers and crayons to use in a coloring book. Needless to say, he did not stay within the lines.

      I also once let him use acrylic paints. He enjoyed covering a canvas with a single color, and later I painted over that. But he might be ready to try again. The results could be different.

  2. Mostly I just find it relaxing to paint, and it does not have to be perfect. I am doing a pine cone painting project, hoping to turn these into ornaments.

    1. Oh, I'm not talking about perfection, just the intent to express something. Bow found it relaxing to apply the paint, but he was not trying to make anything or express anything. Now I think that might be different.

      I would love to see what you do with the pine cones.