Monday, November 24, 2008

yousuf gets creative-again

Ok, I honestly don't know what to make of this. First acupunctured teddy bears. Now this. On the face of it, it appears to be some sort of structure constructed out of plastic forks and a traditional Japanese swan vase (and which he later forbade me from taking apart, saying it was his masterpiece).

Should I:

A) Be upset that Yousuf destroyed $10 worth of plastic cutlery
B) Be delighted that his creativity is budding and that he can entertain himself with common household items and to hell with the plastic
C) Be worried that he can entertain himself for hours with plastic and toothpicks



Blogger Jed Carosaari said...

You know, I've seen worse modern art that fetched a cool 100 grand. Something to consider.

2:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

D) Be thrilled that he can entertain himself for hours with plastic and toothpicks; after all, $10 for a few hours is cheaper than a babysitter!


6:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally agree - you could promote Yousuf's work as modern art... for example...You could offer interpretations on it...

it's the clash of American consumerism with Japanese simplicity that combine into a deeply moving structure symbolizing the union of East and West. Furthermore, the choice of materials is also highly meaningful, since the young artist used plastic, the substance of the present, with ceramics, the substance used for artistic creation for thousands of years, thus breaking through the boundaries of time and offering insight into a unique perspective of the past-present continuum. The colors chosen are a hint of the future, because the light color of the plastic contrasts with the black color of the vase, this representing the artist's belief in a future without racial discrimination, where all colors can fit together in a unified, harmonious whole.

... :)

6:29 AM  
Blogger Carimah said...

At fist I thought it was an ice sculpture!
Well done ! I choose B. All forms of creative expression should be indulged.

12:20 PM  
Blogger JohnB said...

When I was in my 20's I had a friend who was very mechanically inclined. Even as a small child he would take things apart and put them back together.

His mother told me that he once took a number of items including an alarm clock that was not working and worked on them for some time, put them in a box when he was done and gave them to her (very excited!) as a "present."

She said it ticked very loudly! She didn't know whether to open it or put it in a bucket of water!

Fortunately she did not put it in the water as he got the alarm clock working again. You just never know where your children's creative juices are going to take them! Mine seem only to have been lead to Best Buy, although my oldest has made some beautiful pottery in ceramics class. Seems he has a knack for throwing pots/vases!



12:54 PM  
Blogger jarvenpa said...

Yes, I weigh in on the side of delight too; he's a creative child, and that is a joy.
My eldest was one of the alarm-clock sorts (and very very tidy, which was difficult for him; I live in a ferment of creative chaos; he always wanted his toys nicely lined up). He grew up to own a computer repair and sales and education business in our small town, and is very happy with it.
My daughter, however, was the creator of houses for insects and fantastic constructions made out of whatever was at hand. She grew up to be a struggling artist and a continually creative soul.
And my youngest son, who has Down Syndrome, entertains himself by drawing endless pictures of things like good and evil.
Nothing quite like the doors our children open for us.

8:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IMHO you should rather be worried that plastic cutlery costed you 10 dollars. That's way too expensive!

That said, you have a creative son for sure.

8:48 PM  
Blogger Living It, Loving It said...

Well I wouldn't worry how Youself entertains himself. He is quite creative. At least, he is not turning everything into a gun as my son did at his age. You have an artist on your hands.

Happy Eid to you and your family.


8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have no worries.This is typical little boy behavior.I used to keep small tools, screw drivers etc, then keep something he could spend time pulling apart or seeing how it worked.old clocks type writers.. anything mechanical that had broken.....its kept him amused for many hours.

1:42 AM  
Blogger Hanna Amireh said...

I'll have to go with B. Yelling at him or showing him that you are angry may discourage him.

6:13 AM  

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