posted by Momo Fali on August 10, 2012

When I was in the fourth grade I painted a picture of a young soldier. He wore a red coat, white pants and a black hat. Apparently, when you’re nine years old and there hasn’t been a war in your lifetime, you take style inspiration from the Revolutionary War.

The painting was good. Was I a child prodigy? No. Did my mom think I was? Yes. Every person who came over for bridge club for the next two months had to see the painting. She was proud. I understand this now because of my daughter’s second grade gourd painting. Yes, gourd. I had it custom-framed and it hangs in our living room. Shut up.

Beyond the fourth grade, I lost my artistic mojo. Sure, there was the pencil sketch of a lion in the seventh grade and the envelopes I designed in order to get pre-sale concert tickets while in college, but it didn’t go beyond that.

Until I discovered Draw Something.

This little iPhone game is making my artistic mojo creep back. I have done a good job of drawing kung fu, spaghetti and crutches. I’ve sketched Barney, gardens and an orchestra. The little soldier in the red coat must be buried in there somewhere, too!

As NOT evidenced by my son guessing this, which I drew:

Him: Stares in disbelief. Looks at me, looks back at the phone. Says, “Mom, I have no idea what this is. I think the thing at the top of the picture is a gray banana, though.” In fairness to him, gray bananas aren’t an uncommon sighting in our fruit basket.

Me: “Let me give you a hint. The thing with the red handle is a tool.”

Him: “Oh! It’s a screwdriver stabbing a gray banana!”

I will not, in fact, be quitting my day job.


  • Amie

    I guess that’s why they say art is subjective…one person’s unnecessarily-violent-against-expired-fruit screwdriver is another person’s Dad capital letter T wearing a cardigan and shouting at a naked, younger capital letter T (because that’s what it REALLY is, right?).

    • Momo Fali

      I got nothin’.

  • Arnebya

    This is precisely why I deleted the app. OK, not precisely, because I also can’t draw, but, (whispering now) I thought “head” before “nail” before I looked at the letters. Because IT’S THE HEAD OF THE NAIL AND I OVERANALYZE = DELETE APP.

  • tracey

    I think someone needs to be given a tool set and some building chores around the house. That is CLEARLY a hammer and nail. YOU ARE AN ARTISTIC GENIUS!!

  • Anna Hettick

    You make me laugh out loud…. literally!! =)

  • Liz

    You know, it sort of does look like a gray banana [ducks to avoid flying squishy apples] then again, I’m too busy getting my ass kicked in words with friends. Stupid apps.

  • Jen Correa @ Mom's Gotta Run

    I always tell people that I failed arts and crafts. I have zero “cut and paste” skills in real life, however I can cut and paste all day on this screen. Hence, I too will keep my day job.

  • Tish

    I totally see the screwdriver stabbing the gray banana!

  • Monica

    Clearly, you do not make that kid do enough manual labor!


  • The Mommist

    Lol! In fairness to the kid, it does look like a gray banana. I got addicted to Draw Something once. I stopped when I resorted to using texts in replacement of drawings. Even I had a hard time figuring out my own drawings.

  • Rhea

    I love DrawSomething. It’s making me look at things in a different way and stretch my drawing skills, which are pretty nonexistent. But, I’ve progressed from stick figures to more fleshed out people …

  • meleah rebeccah

    That’s too funny!

    Draw Something has taught me ONE thing. I cannot draw ANYTHING.

  • Leila

    A gray banana!!! ROFLMAO!!! That is just PRICELESS! The thing is…I can totally see where he would get that from…I can’t draw for shit but for some reason I can always guess what other people draw, which is why my daughter rocks at Draw Something…she does the drawing and when she gets stumped on what other people draw, I tell her what it is…which clearly shows me that I can imagine shit but I have zero skill for actually bringing it to life. Either that or I’m psychic.

  • Vicki

    This is so funny. I literally just snorted out loud.

  • Canadian Dad

    I wouldn’t take too much offence because it’s obvious to the rest of us what you were tryingto do there. Although I don’t know why you would tee up your golf ball and use your putter?? Maybe things are different in the US…

  • Tracy @ The Uncoordinated Mommy

    Lol, by the time I made it to the picture I had forgotten the title, I was thinking “hammer T, hammer T” then I was “oh, nail!!!!” lol
    I love that game too!

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