Saturday, September 19, 2009

A Whole New World


I think when most adults take a bath, our intelligence and creativity enter a sort of water-logged limbo and we feel a blissful sense of blankness, at least for a moment.

That is most definitely not the experience of my children. They come up with some of their craziest ideas while bathing. And if you've been following this blog for any length of time you know that even their normal, run-of-the-mill ideas could easily be classified as 'crazy'.

For example, the other night Art heard a bit of a cafuffle going on in the bathroom, and when he walked into the bathroom, both children were pulling on the sides of a little plastic cup and saying, "Fight! Fight for the glorious cup!" Eh? Where did that come from? I don't know.

Zaya's new characters often spring, ex nihilo, fully formed, from his imagination while he is bathing. I'll walk into the bathroom to bring someone a drink or get towels ready, and be greeted by something like this.

"Mommy, I've invented three new characters that live in my imagination land. There's Tronic the black swallower, Nucleus the macrophage and Beethoven the vampire bat."

Those were the characters last night. All I could think was, what a crazy team! And if you asked him for details he could supply them. And he will remember them and they'll reappear now from time to time. It's like they were waiting in the nether world of the bathtub for a receptive imagination.

The bathroom is also typically the site of science experiments. I walked in the other day and Mim has two plastic bowls. "Look Mom! If I fill this bowl up with water it sinks right to the edge of the water, but not all the way down, but this one is empty, so it floats on top! Why is that?" And then the next night, with glass bowls, "Mom, the empty one floats, but the full sinks all the way to the bottom really fast! Why is that?"

So we get the great humor of Mommy trying to explain physics. Again. Art really enjoys that, so I try not to if he's in the room. "Ask your father, that's his realm." But I'll give it a shot if I'm cornered and alone. I really hate it when adults make up explanations for children or tell them things are 'magic' or 'just because'.

Maybe they'll be fantasy/sci-fi writers or scientists some day, but I'm not sure their spouses are going to be pleased with the amount of their working day that they have to be in the bathtub. Meetings could get awkward.

7 comments:

aftergrace said...

You do have quite the entertainment at your house. I remember when I used to try and explain things to my girls..they would get this far away look in their eyes...hmm.

Lilibeth said...

Ok, so what does Tronic the black swallower swallow? everything? or does he just swallow the blackness?

Chandelle said...

Has Zaya sat down with pen and paper to do creative writing? Sounds like a budding author?

Tendrils said...

Love the imaginations!!! Very creative thinkers!

Qtpies7 said...

I thought my oldest was weird. Zaya has topped him.

Zaya could use the word verification I have for a character he makes up "Ordsnaki"

JAM said...

That's great.

I used to play with my dolls, ahem, ACTION FIGURES in the tub with me, We'd have all kinds of adventures. I'd get all prune-fingered and finally Mama would yell for me to get out. I'd stay until the water totally drained. Good times.

Heather @ Not a DIY Life said...

"Meetings could get awkward." and you have no idea where they come up with stuff? looks like the apple doesn't fall to far from the tree! I love hearing about their adventures :-)