The Next Leonardo da Vinci

posted by Momo Fali on July 13, 2008

After nearly three hours at my daughter’s softball game this afternoon, my six year old son started getting a little restless. He finished off some popcorn, a sucker and a snowcone before I ran out of money for food.

So, I did what any parent would do and I told him to play in the dirt.

I bent to the ground and picked up a rock. Then I demonstrated my dirt-drawing techniques and said, “Here. Take this rock and write your name…like this.”

My son took the rock from me and began to scribble a design. As other parents looked on, I started to feel embarrassed because he wasn’t following my very simple instructions.

I asked, “What are you doing? Why don’t you write your name in the dirt like I showed you?”

He not only replied as if talking to a complete blockhead, but I think he also ditched me in the line to heaven when he said, “I don’t want to write my name. I’m drawing a picture of Jesus on the cross.”


  • The Mom

    OMG…wow. Name schmame. LOL!

  • Jenna Consolo

    So there, Mom.

  • Amy

    And here I can’t get my little one to believe that Moses is a man in the Bible and not just her Granny’s dog. Cute story!

  • Monica

    You so lost your place in line to him…classic!

    I love this kid, and I don’t even know him!

  • Ed (zoesdad)

    You still get to go, right?

  • Dapoppins

    HE sure told you!

  • People in the Sun

    It’s a bit scary, no? I mean, my baby summons deer to hit the car, but at least I know when it’s coming because his eyes turn red and he speaks backwards.

  • MamaMo

    Awesome! and DUH!!… simply writing your name in the dirt is so old school.

  • Ms Picket To You

    Um, are you sure he wasn’t look for a popsicle or candy bar from the concession stand out of the deal?

    And even if he was, I love his motivation and strategy.

    Makes me want to take my kids to church.

  • Heather


  • The Laundress

    That’ll teach ya.

  • Jodi

    You know I literally laugh out loud just about everytime you post a story about that boy!

  • Lisa@verybusymomwith4

    Future pastor?

  • wheremytruthlives

    Dude, take a photo and save a little jar of that dirt. Then post it on eBay – starting bid $163,000. This kid is worth his weight in gold.

  • chefmom

    I would have walked away shaking my head, and said ” Geniuses, what are you gonna do with them?!” LOL what a great kid!

  • Kori

    OMG, that is too funny! One time at a church supper, Sam build the Parthenon out of wooden blocks. that really looked like it. and then proceeded to tell anyone who would listen the history of it. how proud! 🙂

  • meleah rebeccah

    Once again, your son simply amazes and cracks me up.

  • BusyDad

    I read on that they’re looking for someone to paint the floor of the Sistine Chapel. I hope you snapped a pic for his portfolio.

  • AlisonH

    Raising that one right. Go Mom.

  • Misty

    And now you know… 🙂

  • Mama Dawg

    Well, I guess he topped your suggestion! Didja get a pic?

  • Jaina

    Dang, what do you say to that?

  • Kimmylyn

    He does have the best one liners. 🙂

  • Jamie E

    lol, embarrassed mom transformed into proud mom in less than a second!

  • Sogeshirtsguy

    He might be the next george carlin. Crazy witty.

  • ShannanB

    Wow. Now that is a smart little boy.

  • Melisa

    So funny! What an overachiever! (LOL) Hee hee…so how’d he do? 🙂

  • O My Blog!

    So he wanted to write HIS name. Smart kid!

  • holly

    that’s where leo started. . . softball games.

    a lot of people do NOT know this, but even van gogh was just a little dude who was bored watching his dad golf. and matisse? bowling victim.

  • Tara R.

    All the great artists started with dirt drawings.

  • Maureen

    Wow… he told YOU now, didn’t he? 🙂

  • Tom

    Bless his little heart. He’s been listening!

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