Monday, November 27, 2006
Boy's preschool class has been delving into the subject of "Families" this week. His teacher asked him if he could tell her any of his family members. He thought long and hard about this before he replied, "There's Mommy, Daddy, Eefin, and me."
"Ethan?" asked his teacher, a little confused, since she knows our family well but has never heard of an Ethan before.
"No. Eefin. He's my favorite cousin. But he only lives with Grandma in America."
"Okay. Do you have any other family members? Someone else you live with?"
"Are you sure? A couple of sister's perhaps?"
After another long, thoughtful pause he answered, "Actually there's Missy, but she can't stay when Eefin comes to visit. Eefin doesn't like her."
"But who else is in your family? Don't you have an older sister?"
"Boy, I know your family and I know you have an older sister. What's her name?"
He gave her a level look and said, "It's just Eefin, and me."
It's true he does have a cousin named Ethan. But God's honest truth folks, he's never met him. He spent the entire summer looking at pictures of him on Grandma's walls. He asked every single day why he couldn't play with Eefin. He never fully understood the fact that Eefin lives far away in another city, and therefore couldn't drop by for a visit.
When I took Boy into school this morning, I noticed the hallway outside his classroom was covered with the students' drawings of their various family members, but under Boy's name there was only a list, written by his teacher, of the kin she could get him to admit to: Ethan (and in paranthesis next to it-- LIVES WITH GRANDMA GAY), Mom, Dad (then in paranthesis at the bottom-- 2 sisters).
I asked him why he hadn't done a drawing. He rolled his eyes at me and said, "M-o-o-o-mmmmm! I don't do people! Don't you remember? I can't!"
So, I spent part of this evening sweet talking him into trying to draw his family. The picture above is the result of my efforts.
Here is, I kid you not, word for word, his description of what he'd drawn, told in excited bursts as he carefully drew out each part:
"This is Eefin. He has two eyes. He's sad because he lost his teddy. Eefin has short hair because he's a boy. This is me. I'm happy because I found Eefin's teddy. IT WAS IN THE BED! I only have one arm because I'm very old, and I'm going to die soon. But Eefin will give me his teddy and I won't be scared."