Liam's First Glimmerings of Creativity

[Liam->] charged into the study yesterday as I was setting the synthesizer back up, obviously ready to play. I pulled out a couple of pencils and showed him how to use them to beat out rhythmic patterns on the countertop. That kept him entertained for about 4 seconds. Then he wanted to use the pencils to swordfight. We did that for a few minutes, after which I returned my pencil to him. He manipulated them, fiddling around until he had them crossed at their centers. He then started shouting “Airplane! Airplane!” and zooming his little makeshift aircraft around all over the place. It was the first time I’d seen him come up with something really new without prompting, and my chest swelled with pride at his ingeniousness. (Yes, I know. I’m easily impressed.)