Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Treasure Hunt

Last week, a young boy came home from school and instead of the usual leap down the stairs 3-at-a-time to play on the PS3, he asked his mom to take a walk with him in the forest. And even though his mom was right in the middle of something, she jumped at the rare chance to spend this time with her son at his own request - you see, his body is ruled by A-typical Austism and ADHD, so theirs isn't the typical mother-son relationship. Once in the forest, she couldn't have been more proud when he started to "treasure hunt", looking for odd items left and neglected in nature so that he could make something with them - "a sculpture", he said. Indeed, he was her son.

What he found: an old rusted dolly (a little trolley on wheels) from a river stream, a few special stones, and some odd pieces of junk.

Here's a sneak peek at the unfinished sculpture. I'll make sure to post more photos when the mom (that's me) and her son (my 9-year old son, Kai) finish their project.

Förra veckan kom en ung pojke hem från skolan och i stället för den vanliga hopp ner trapporna för att spela på PS3, frågade han sin mamma om hon ville ta en promenad med honom i skogen. Och även om hans mamma var precis i mitten av något, hoppade hon på ett sällsynt tillfälle att var med sin son på hans egen begäran - för att hans kropp styrs av Autism-liknande tillstånd och ADHD så dem har ingen typisk mamma-son-förhållande. Väl inne i skogen kunde hon inte ha varit mer stolt när han sa att han var på "skattjakten" och letar efter udda föremål som lämnats kvar och försummade i naturen så att han kunde göra något med dem - "en skulptur", sade han. Visste var det sant att han var hennes son.

Vad fann han: en gammal rostig Dolly (en liten vagn på hjul) från en flod bäck, några speciella stenar, och en del udda skräp.

Här finns en 'sneak peek' även om skulpturen är inte färdigt. Vi ska lägga upp fler bilder när mamman (det är jag) och hennes son (min 9-årige son, Kai) avsluta sitt projekt.

And a huge thanks to Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for sharing words of wisdom that she received from a friend - that every project needs a story. Check out her Farmer's Market story.

Until Next time...
Tills nästa gång...

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  1. LOVING this! Not because I'm the cool artist that you are but because I love stories , I love writing and I love the idea of being a cool artist!

  2. This is so awesome in so many different ways! Love it!

  3. Hello Michael

    Thank you very much for your compliment about the crocheted wheel covers.
    I love the mirror.
    Feel very sorry, that my Engel’s is not so good.
    I would like have a better understanding, what you have write about your special moment with your son.
    I am a mom off 2 Autism’s children. Tim, 12 year old end Lea, 9 year old.
    Greet Miriam

  4. wow... that's what i call true art.


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