Liz is trained in art therapy. We stink at art. We knew one day those two facts would collide and today was that day – yippee!
Liz asked us to imagine ourselves as an animal and draw that animal with crayons. We drew a bunny standing upright with very long ears – she didn’t ask for any embellishment, just the animal. Then she asked if the bunny was all alone – she dwelled on this question for quite awhile (the second hint that this was not just fun drawing time with Liz). She also wanted to know about whether the bunny was a male or female, only to find out that our bunny didn’t have a sex as such, it was just “a bunny”. We then had to describe our bunny – she picked up on the words alone and alert. These words were added to the picture with a new crayon colour for each word. Then we had to draw and label what the bunny needed – house, food and water. Our bunny masterpiece was finished…
We hate looking at anything we’ve drawn or written with crayon, we know we switch during the time and it shows in our writing – we go from block capitals to the flowing hand of Sophie. We’ve yet to find a generic writing with crayon – we can with pen because the younger ones can’t hold a pen. So Liz asked us to look at this picture and ensure that it had everything on it that the bunny needed. Once we agreed that was it, we dated it and handed it back to her. Usually she asks if we want anything we draw destroyed, but today she didn’t.
It was only when we were driving away that Ellie casually mentioned that this one silly drawing we didn’t really think about told Liz bucket loads about us – we were loners, considered ourselves sexless for safety reasons, didn’t want anyone else around us and only needed a house food and water. She pointed out that if we were “normal” we’d at least want another bunny there for company, some toys, activities etc. We would have moved from the basic needs into the wants – I want friends, I want to go out and so on. Why in the world didn’t she tell us that while we were drawing the picture! We only picked a bunny cos we thought of Thumper from Bambi. We only thought of the basics because we thought of a rabbit breeding farm we went to when we were young.
Was very tempted to email Liz and tell her we were onto her and knew the bunny wanted more things, we just couldn’t draw them. Would that be too obvious? Yup, it would. Stink!