Okay – This is really what it is like living with a budding visionary!
Today I asked my son if he would like to make a dial to show how much computer time he is having (as he can only manage 2 hours a day doing writing and other creative things on the computer.) He agreed.
I thought ‘simple disc with numbers and a hand’ but this is how it went.
Luca: “I don’t want a dial – I think I would like another shape.”
Me: “Ok, what shape would you like – a square, a triangle . .”
Luca: “A rounded square.”
Me: “So a square with rounded corners?”
(We cut out our rounded square on blue cardboard and I put numbers on it)
Luca: “I don’t want numbers, I think I want a ‘nest protect.’ (the name of our new carbon-monoxide detector)
Me: “Ok, do you want to draw that with felt-pen?”
Luca: “No, I need to print one out.”
Me: “It will be hard to print one out the right size for our rounded square”
Luca: “But I do need to print one out”
(finds a picture on the computer and prints one out the right size exactly)
Luca: “I don’t want the whole ‘nest protect’ – just the button”
Luca: “Oh, the button doesn’t feel at home on this cardboard”
Me: “Ok, what could we do?”
Luca “I think it needs to be on white cardboard.”
(me slightly exasperated!)
Me: “Ok we’ll use the blue one as a template”
(we place the button on the new white cardboard rounded square)
Me: “What colour would you like the hand?”
Luca: “I don’t really want a hand – I want a disc with a line on it”
(we draw a sketch and cut out the disc)
Luca: “The disc is too small. It is not covering the ‘Nest’ writing.
(we draw a smaller disc)
Me: “So what colour line would you like – a black line?”
Luca: “I want a yellow line – well a semi-line really on it”
(we draws the semi yellow line on the disc)
Me: ” So, do you think it is finished now?”
Luca: “No, I would like numbers”
Me: “Ok, would you like to count in 10’s?”
Luca: “No, I think 15’s. They need to be blue. The ‘nest protect’ has four colours in it and one of them is blue, one of them is yellow, one is red and one is the most important colour – green.”
(To me the nest protect was just white. Luca explains that blue is testing, red is alarm and green is the path light to see in the dark!)
Me: “Ok, which blue would you like?”
(Luca tests a pen on a piece of paper)
Luca: “This one is ok”
(I draw my best numbers! We add the paper fastener and it is complete)
I must admit it looks pretty cool! What I thought was a twenty minute activity, though,
turned into a two hour project!
My whole life has been like this journey – always following a thread and going this way and that. Sometimes you feel like you can’t dig any deeper to find your way – the way that feels ‘right’ – but then you do! This is the journey of the visionary.