I am planning to paint the dining room/living room area this weekend, so today I am letting Judah draw all over the walls. ONLY with pencil and ONLY THIS ONE TIME. He had so much fun the last time he drew on the walls (without permission), that I just couldn't pass up this opportunity to indulge his artistic sensibility.
Plus, I heard this NPR piece recently about a new rising star on the artistic horizon talking about how her parents let them draw on the walls. It was her example of how cool her parents were and how much they encouraged her artistic visions. Far be it from me to pass up an opportunity to encourage artistic vision in my children and maybe one day they're famous and mention how cool I am on an NPR piece.
And also, the drawing he put on our bedroom wall is so freakin' COOL we really haven't been able to bring ourselves to wash it off or paint over it yet. The pictures didn't come out very good, but he basically drew a paneled mural depicted some sort of Epic Event, including elephants, castles under siege and some vague Superheroes from his vast mental collection of vague Superheroes. I really just wanted to see what he'd come up with given free reign and an entire room full of walls.
I'm even letting him stand on the couch so he can make "a super-deep ocean, all the way to the bottom AND up into the air!!" But only on the seat, not on the back.
There are limits, after all.