Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Artist of the Week: Perseverance

Oops by Teckelcar
Oops, a photo by Teckelcar on Flickr.
This week's artist is Max. It is, however, not about his latest domino block creation. Instead it's about what it takes to make is creation.

Max spends a fair amount of time messing about with the dominoes. We have the jumbo sized ones which are better for building, but not by much. The tiles are still slippery to the touch and all too easily slide about. So it's not too surprising when something collapses. A dog could brush by or a sibling clomps along at the wrong moment. Occasionally Max himself triggers the fall when being a bit too eager to place something on top of his newly created tower.

Amazingly he doesn't get angry.

Perseverance by Teckelcar
Perseverance, a photo by Teckelcar on Flickr.
Oh he does get mad. I'm not trying to make him out as a saint. He just blurts out something like a quick "No (fill in the blank with the appropriate name)!", glares at the offender for the briefest of moments, and then moves on.

No drama, no demands for the wrong to be righted, just a calm acceptance.

Then he buckles down and builds something even better. Which is exactly what happened here.

He tried to place a figure on top and the tower collapsed. There was a stunned moment and that was it. Max then gathered up the dominoes and tried again. Half way through the second tower he announced that this one was a much better construction, but he still wasn't going to add the figure. He decided that maybe that wasn't the best idea.

Smart boy.

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