Roz Receives a Thank-You Button

May 26, 2011

EricFrontCard3816 Left: Front of a thank-you card I received from Eric for the Easter basket I gave him. Artwork ©2011 Eric E.

Blog readers in April may remember How a Pantheist Packs an Easter Basket.

Well I had heard right away that Eric loved the basket of stuff, but last week I received this wonderful thank you card. The front of the card is the first image in this post.

In the second image, which is the interior of the card, we can see that Eric used one of the buttons in the set I gave him to make a button for ME!

Look closely at how Eric makes his "z." He isn't writing "s" because we can see in the interior of the card (second image) how he writes "s" in his note. I love seeing how children learn letters and spelling. You actually get to see the brain forming. This is a very, very verbal child (he talks beyond a junior high level and some of his questions could be Ph.D thesis topics!).

EricButton3818 Left: The interior of the card, including the button. Notice the rounded shape of the letter "s" each time it's used. Artwork ©2011 Eric E.

Now look closely at the two sketches he made of me. Let's ignore the wonderful way he draws arms and fingers. It makes a person look like a bird (of which of course I would approve). Look closer.

Eric drew my braids! How marvelous is that!

You can bet I'm going to be wearing this button!

  1. Reply

    So sweet! I love children’s art, which is one of the many reasons I teach preschool.

    • Miss T
    • May 26, 2011

    That is one exceedingly cool button.

  2. Reply

    Briana yes, you get wonderful epiphanies and joys everyday! I’m glad you’re teaching kids! They are lucky to have you.

    • May 26, 2011

    Absolutely fantastic! This really makes me smile.

    • Carolyn
    • May 26, 2011

    I love this! What a wonderful button.

  3. Reply

    I agree, it’s a cool button, and a cool thank you card. He’s a great little sketcher. Wait till he sees you wearing the button. 🙂

    And it’s nice that there are still some people who encourage their kids to write thank yous.

  4. So cool. (And a cool side effect: When I first read the second part of the card, I thought it said “Thank you for the goddess.” I thought Eric was calling you a goddess. 😀

  5. Reply

    Michelle, he’s got great parents, grandparents, great-grandparents. They are doing a great job raising him!

  6. Reply

    Karen, that’s hysterical. I love the trick your eye played for a moment! Thanks for the smile! I was wondering about the UR the best thing because I wondered if that was something the kids were being encouraged to do these days because their teachers are all texters or if it’s something he does right now as part of a phase. I have to ask his mom. These notes are all very precious and dear.

    • Carolyn
    • May 27, 2011

    Haha, I first saw “Thank you for the goddess” also.

  7. Reply

    I can’t ignore those arms and feathers. I mean fingers. What wonderful follow through. I would save the card and button forever.

  8. Reply

    And look at what a huge smile he gave you on the button pic. He probably already texts and so to him this is just the way to say “U r”. Heck, lol is now in the English Oxford Dictionary.

    • Diane
    • May 31, 2011

    Roz has done a lot to encourage the artist in Eric. He has, thanks to Roz, his own Niji brush and other art supplies. I make sure he has his journal handy. The other day, while eating his pre-piano lesson snack, I was sketching flowers in front of his Montessori school. (Yes, the place he is learning to read and write phonetically–so we get “goddess” out of “goodies.”) He decided he would rather draw the robin’s nest he saw under our deck. He did a memory drawing with remarkable accuracy.

  9. Reply

    Diane, I’m just fortunate that you’re my friend and your family is broadminded enough to allow a crazy loon like me access to a young mind!

    I’m so glad that he drew a memory drawing of the bird’s nest. You are showing him by daily example how valuable sketching is. It will stay with him all his life, regardless of the profession he takes up!

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