Little Artist

Today Klara worked on her art project (painting and coloring) for 2 hours 10 minutes straight. At 3 years 4 months, I think it’s pretty amazing to have this kind of concentration.

And the attention to detail is just crazy. There were these little circles on the coloring picture, maybe half an inch or even smaller. And she broke each one up in three minuscule parts and colored each in different color. This takes a crapton of patience.

In all other activities, she’s a regular toddler, getting bored and needing to move on to something new every 20 minutes. But with art, she can just go on and on. She’s been like this since infancy. When she was 6 months old, we would do these huge art projects where we’d put stickers on large sheets of paper. She’d get this very serious look, stick her little tongue out and just go on and on. Not for hours, because at six months that’s an eternity, but for 30-40 minutes at a time.

It’s really interesting how kids develop passionate interests. My 9-year-old niece, for instance, is a dancer. She trains all the time and performs competitively. And this is something she’s been into since infancy, too. I remember when she was a tiny little tot and couldn’t even walk yet, she’d pull herself up to the music center stand and rock to the beat with a great sense of rhythm and a very serious facial expression. All kids love music but you could see she took it very seriously.

Nobody in the family is into the visual or performance arts, so we are all kind of stumped.

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