30-Day Drawing Challenge: Day 24


The challenge gets playful.

See the blog Expatriatism for a list of the other worthy participants, including my artist niece, and links to their daily drawings.


Day 24: Our assignment was to draw a Toy.

Although I’m 57 years old, I actually spend a lot of time playing with toys these days. On the floor. With my grandson Max. (Disclaimer: I would gladly play with my granddaughter, as well, but other than a few brief moments of stacking her Duplo pieces, she’s usually going through the room across the floor, at about 36 mph.)

Max is into trains. And I mean really, really INTO them. This includes Thomas the train and all his buddies like James, Henry, Percy, Annie… believe me, the list goes on and on, and my favorite 3-year-old knows them all. (I pause here to offer silent thanks that my daughters were into Sesame Street, and now my grandson is into Thomas the train, and that we totally sidestepped the extremely annoying purple dinosaur who shall remain unnamed.)

The Ikea train easy is fun to set up in multiple layouts with loops and bridges (trestles?). And the colorful little locomotives and cars hook together by magnets. Fun.

Playing trains with a little boy is interesting. Shouts of “Choo choo-oooooo!” and “All abo-oooard!” abound. But the absolutely most fun thing to do (Grandad soon learned) is to make a break in the tracks so the trains will “CRASH,” which allows you to say, “Oh no-oooo! They crashed!” as if surprised. (This is most likely one reason why our laws don’t allow for three-year-old engineers.)

Of course, “oh no” is said with a big smile. A smile of sheer delight with eyes a-sparkle.

Come to think of it, Grandad is smiling, too.


About Bill Davis

Writer, speaker and translation and language learning consultant. I write technical articles, poetry and humor, and I am working on my first novel which is set on the island of Palawan in the Philippines.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to 30-Day Drawing Challenge: Day 24

  1. Don says:

    All those innocent miniscule wooden commuters! Dead in a train crash for your amusement while you laugh! You’re a monster!

    Cool drawing though. I was thinking about getting one of those tracks at IKEA when Matt’s older – if it’s as fun as all that, I’ll definitely have to.

    • Bill Davis says:

      Ah but Don, truly I delight not in the fate of wooden commuters (actually they would have suffocated long before the crash, as the train cars are solid wood!) In the face of my grandson do I verily delight…

    • Bill Davis says:

      And yes, Mr. Matt would love those trains. They’re so… simply and minimalist and colorful. Small for little hands… easy to set up and take down and store… inexpensive… easy to add on to the set little by little…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s