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    The Darndest Things: Animal, Vegetable or Miracle?

    December 8, 2008 by Brandy Vencel

    I just love the age of three. This is where the fun really gets going as far as language is concerned. Three-year-olds are able to tell you almost exactly what they’re thinking, and what they are thinking is generally very funny because their perceptions are a bit skewed by their own inexperience.

    My current three-year-old has been hilarious lately.

    During Circle Time this week, we were discussing Petrus Christus’ The Nativity. I always let A. speak first because otherwise she parrots exactly what she heard her brother say. I ask her simple questions, usually beginning along the lines of what she sees or what she likes. Here is the painting:

    So, first she announces that she doesn’t like this painting at all. She usually likes everything; this was new for her. I asked her what she saw. She points at the picture, “I see angels, I see people…” She trails off, so I point at Baby Jesus and ask her what this is. She looks thoughtful for a minute. “Ummm…tuhtaytoes?” {potatoes}

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  • Reply Brandy December 11, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Rachel, I agree that the painting doesn’t have much to commend it as far as nativity paintings go! I chose it primarily because I thought my son would take an interest in the ornate carvings in the frame, which he did. My daughter did eventually come around enough to admit that she liked the Tuscan landscape in the background!

    If we really want to talk art, though, I can’t help but wonder what the significance was of the angels…they are so much shorter than the humans, it makes me wonder what that meant.

  • Reply Rachel R. December 11, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    Hahaha I have to admit, that is not the most life-like painting of a baby that I’ve ever seen. (Also, I’m with her. I don’t think I’m a big fan of this painting.)

  • Reply Kansas Mom December 9, 2008 at 3:43 am

    Hmm, I’m not sure. She doesn’t try to change Second Daughter’s diaper. If she thought Baby Jesus was a doll, she might strip him down and try to buckle him into Second Daughter’s car seat. That’s what she does with her babies.

    Now, if she thinks he’s a real live baby, like her sister, she might try to wipe his face with a burp rag. She tries that all the time with Second Daughter. I have to keep a close eye because she’s not particularly gentle.

    Surprisingly, Second Daughter doesn’t seem to mind all that much. I imagine that’ll change eventually.

  • Reply Brandy December 8, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Is it me, or is it usually when Mom thinks that we are having a particularly holy moment that things like this happen? I suppose my children keep me from taking myself too seriously!

    I wonder if First Daughter would try to change Jesus’ diaper if she saw a life-sized creche set! 🙂

  • Reply Kansas Mom December 8, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    That’s so funny! My kids think every baby is Baby Jesus right now. They also think he’s having a diaper change whenever he’s on the floor or ground of a picture. So First Daughter will say “He has a dirty diaper?” and then laugh.

    Not exactly the reverence I had in mind.

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