Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Samuel and the Test...Part 3


For those who do not about part 1 and 2, here are the links:
Samuel, part 1  and Samuel, part 2

Source: Great projects for kids

Nana smiled as she looked in the rear view mirror.  A multi-colored Samuel was asleep in his car seat.

When complete silence had been all that was heard, Dr. Anna and Nana had nodded and the observers approached the room where three-and-a-half year old Samuel had been so busy, laughing, giggling, and creating.

Nana opened the door slowly, entering a transformed room.  In the middle of the room beneath the table, Samuel had curled up to sleep, holding pristine shoes in his arms.

But, the room, oh the room. 

The floor was a swirl of color that curled around the room, around and around. 

How did he…must have used his feet to scoot…No, it’s smoother than…What the… He used the cardboard…Slip n’ Slide!  My son loves that…
In the corner were the discarded and used up materials.  Gallons of white glue had been liberally streamed around the floor, followed by squirt bottles of expensive acrylic paint.  

Torn box lids lay around the room, showing that Samuel had surfed, scooted, slid, twirled around the room many times.  A trail of all colors remained behind him as he laughed gleefully.  

Then Dr. Anna pointed to the walls where colors poured down the wall with little boy hand prints creating waves upon waves. Oh, the hues in those waves.
Nana tiptoed around the paint to the wall beneath the observation mirror.  Discarded markers lay in pyramid heaps.  Her heart caught in her throat and tears glistened in her eyes.



With his small agile hands, Samuel had created his world.  Samuel had left stick-figures long ago, able to move markers as his mind pictured images.


There, his house.  And Ginger, the-fat-tabby-cat.  

Here, Mama and Da holding his hands, with smiles on all faces.  

His room and Nana’s room.  

Nana lifting Samuel high and pointing to the stars.  

There, the backyard with trees.  And a bouncing castle.  Here, Samuel jumping with his friends, all of them.  

There, a rocket ship?  Heading to the moon?  With Samuel in it. 

Everything important in his world was there.

While others analyzed the possibilities of Samuel’s work, Nana had quietly carried a sleeping Samuel to the car.  Dr. Anna carried the clean shoes.  “Why didn’t he use his shoes to create?”

“Because Mama had told him to keep his new shoes clean.”    REALLY?  And he obeyed…?  “I think he just really likes those shoes…”

A sleepy voice from the car seat asked, “Nana, did I do good?”
“Oh, yes, Samuel!  You did very well.”  But Samuel had fallen back asleep.  Tired little boy.



23 comments:

  1. And an artistic genius has been discovered....imagine Nana having the warm fuzzies for Samuel.

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    1. This does not mean that Samuel has been converted to the light force. It does say that Samuel will continue being brilliant and seizing opportunity wherever that lies.

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  2. I love that everything is included in the drawing. And that there are happy faces. :)

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    1. the photos showed a happy boy, but then Samuel is happy, in one way or the other.

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  3. hahaha tat pic says it all, samuel sure does now how to have fun, and obey about the shoes

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    1. Obeying did not conflict with his keeping his shoes clean. It meant that he liked his shoes.

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    1. Give a boy some paint and such, and he will be in hog-heaven.

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  5. I wonder how difficult Samuel will find sitting in school.

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    1. Maybe it will be a different type of school....

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  6. Wonderful memories for all involved!

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    1. Who knew Samuel would develop as he has?!

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  7. Samuel has IMMENSE charm - but I am thankful that it is from a distance.
    And certainly I remember that there was a bit (sometimes a lot) of Samuel in my brothers. Single mindedness.

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    1. Boys/men tend to be focused on one thing at a time, whereas girls/women are able to multi-function. Samuel has a larger picture in mind.

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    1. when i taught children's church --painting was always a huge hit---love this little guy :)

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  9. The little artist fell asleep after all his creative efforts. Sounds like God on the 7th day except God only rested. And they both "saw that it was good." Love your Samuel stories.

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    1. I always have to sleep after a day of "creating" stuff. Samuel is a delightful character.

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  10. Samuel is a wonderful little boy.

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  11. I'm sorry that I missed parts 1 and 2, but I enjoyed catching up with Samuel's adventures! Cute stories about an adorable boy who outsmarts us all!

    Julie

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  12. Dear Susan, I have so enjoyed these three stories about Samuel. He truly is a creative genius. He has such a zest for life and that is a great part of the charm of most children. It is clear that he is dearly loved and because of that he can be free to be creative. What a wonderfully thoughtful grandmother you are. Peace.

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  13. well, that sounds like a dream come true for a little kid. great photos, love it!

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