Scout is often up and at ’em in the morning, but sometimes he’ll sleep in. If he’s still asleep at 7:30 on a school day, I’ll go down and rouse him. Even though we don’t need to be at the bus stop until 8:45, the morning is much nicer if Scout has time to just read and do his own thing before being rushed out the door.
I hadn’t seen his little face yet this morning so around 7:40 I went down to wake him up. Instead of sawing logs as I expected him to be, he was actually underneath his loft bed in his beloved undies with the Webster’s Dictionary and pieces of paper strewn all around him. Entirely for fun, the child was looking up words he didn’t know in that dictionary and drawing pictures of their definitions. LOVE it.
Scout is an avid reader and illustrator. He spends countless hours drawing cartoons that he makes up, and they are actually quite clever. One of my very favorites is a series that he draws installments for every so often called “Saturday Evening Scout”. It always includes the same group of characters, one of which is himself. It’s a group of boys, one named Alleyboy with a trash can lid that is always perched atop his head, and of course there is the evil sister Natasha who is always trying to foil the boys’ plans.
Then there is the fact that every time he makes a birthday card (I always make him draw one instead of buying one–they are such treasures!) he includes a one frame comic on the back of it called “Me Birthday”–typically some sort of slapstick silliness revolving around cakes in the face, popping balloons, what have you.
What really astounds me is his eye for perspective. I remember at a very young age he drew one of his cartoon stories where his character was approaching a house. On each page the house got bigger and bigger, as the character got closer and closer. Nobody told him to do that, he just GETS it. He’ll draw things from up above and it’s very clear that that’s the perspective he’s getting across. All of his people are stick people but theincredible thing is that with the angle of their bodies and the expression on their faces they are anything but rudimentary. For someone who is supposed to have difficulty reading emotions or facial expressions, he sure knows how to create them. I’ve always felt that he didn’t really have this Aspie trait, and I wonder if his drawings have helped with that.
He tells me that one day he’d like to be a cartoonist, and honestly, I could really see that happening. And this is a job he could get up and perform in his underwear.