I have had to tell my children this over the years a frustratingly large number of times. I am hoping that it is going to manifest itself in some degree of artistic genius in years to come. Two of their Great-Grandparents were artists. Their Granny and Great-Aunt are very artistic too. Their mother, sadly, not so much!
To be honest I haven’t yet seen any concrete evidence of great talent lurking beneath the surface in their artistic abilities, but what would I know? Perhaps covering your body in felt-tip is installation art. Drawing on an oil painting, just a bit of restoration.
Biro on sofa cushions I can’t see as anything other than a huge nuisance though. Especially when they flipped the cushions over once they’d done one side and started on the other. Although maybe I should view this as a determination to finish a task once they’ve started it. Wish they could apply this same rule to eating nicely at mealtimes, or brushing their teeth properly or doing their homework. These tasks apparently either need to be completed at something resembling the speed of sound, or carried out at a mind numbingly slow pace, depending on the task.
I could take them to an art gallery to inspire them perhaps. But whenever we have tried this in the past it definitely falls into ‘complete this within the speed of sound’ category as far as they are concerned. With a bit of wrestling thrown in for good measure. And quiet contemplation whilst admiring a work of art is about likely as me being able to get the scribble off the walls in my house.