So Flo gets mad at us a lot. Well, she gets mad at me sometimes and at Sylv a lot. When she gets mad she does any number of things; yesterday she told me “I don’t think you’re pretty, you don’t think I’m pretty, and that’s IT! OKAY!?” I agreed and that was the end of the fight.
The best though, is when she gets mad and then makes Revenge Art. She hides herself (usually in my office) and makes elaborate drawings and then tapes them somewhere we’ll see them, and glowers at us while we watch.
Here are some of my favourite pieces:
1) This gem was presented to me the other morning, in the middle of a fight I didn’t know we were having while I made breakfast. (Notice the sun and the moon, both present.) “It is a picture of you guys dérange-ing me”, she said.
Mom “dérange-ing” Me While I Draw”, Flora 4
The one below is Papa’s. In this one, a cheerful Sylvain has provoked Flora into a fight, and she’s swatting him away. Things I like about this drawing: my open sketchbook on the table, that cherry sundae floating in the air by Sylv’s head, and Flora’s signature in the corner, with a heart and a tree integrated.
Papa”dérange-ing” Me While I Draw”, Flora 4
The next lovely piece was taped, using packing tape, to the side of our antique hutch that we got when we first got married. It depicts Flo and Sylv, fighting, over Flo not picking up her lego. On a sunny day. I like Sylv’s beard. Cute!
“Papa being Mean” Flora, 4
and then this one was a nice surprise the other day. Again, at breakfast; Lennon wanted more yogurt – I told him we had no more, and he threw himself to the floor (normal – happens every morning). Flo then got mad at me for upsetting her brother and she grabbed a previously happy drawing she had made for me off of the fridge. “How do you spell ‘Flora’s Gone’?” she asked. Uh Oh.
Flora’s Gone – Flora, 4
Anybody else get Revenge Art from their kids?
This is totally normal, every kid goes through it…. right?