I'm not being trite when I say that being a father is the very (second)* best thing that has ever happened to me. Everyday I am thankful to God that I am able to live life with those that I love--and to make drawings with them on occasion.
My four year-old son, Sawyer, has grown increasingly interested in drawing over the last year or so, and I love sitting with him to talk and draw. The mark-making of a four year-old is so intuitive and unrestrained by ideas of what's "right." It is really freeing to sit and talk with him, and then explain our drawings to each other when we're done. Frankly, I love that he's never offended when I ask him what he drew. I've made it something of a personal goal to become a little more fearless when making things.
Happy Father's Day to my family! Thanks for making me a daddy. I love you!
A drawing I made, after the unfiltered genius of a child
The aforementioned genius drawing
The artist, in his post-modern period
*Incidentally, the very best thing that ever happened to me is that I somehow convinced my wife to marry me. She is as talented as she is lovely--and a heck of a cook. Check out her blog for delicious vegan treats and more pictures of my adorable children. I love you, my dear!