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Self Portrait of a Four Year Old

Your child’s art stinks.

Sorry, but it’s true.  Sure, to you and to the grandparents the stuff your kid produces is awesome.  But the same people also thought the same thing about your child’s poopy diapers.  That’s probably not a coincidence. 

My kid is no different.  I gush over her art just as much as any parent.  Heck, she produces so much of the stuff now that I often send it off in the mail to unsuspecting grandparents who then call and gush over how awesome it is. It's a vicious cycle.

I guess what I’m saying is that I’ve seen and am responsible for the proliferation of a lot of bad art.  But until my daughter came home from school with a particular work today I can honestly say that none of the pieces frightened me.  

I now share with you my daughter’s self portrait from a preschool assignment.  Complete with cat ears (I hope… I guess they could be horns or some kind of antler).   I hope to never wake up in the middle of the night, look under the bed, and see this thing staring at me:


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Of course, the way I carried on to my daughter you would have thought this was the Mona Lisa.  I'm just trying to figure out which grandparent to send it to.