by Dahlia Fernandes
I asked him to first draw his mum Kate who he quickly drew up on the right hand side of the page and then his dad who he put to her left. I then asked him to draw a "heart" between them and he asked me to remind him what a heart shaped looked like so I shaped both my hands to form a heart to which he responded promptly with "Oh yeh! I know that...mmm but I don't want to draw that Daya (his way of calling me 'Dahlia'). I don't want to draw that heart, I want to draw another type of heart".
I was confused. My whole life I always thought of a heart being symbolically drawn one way. I asked him what he meant and what he started to explain to me blew me away.
He asked me "Hmm...what's Daddy's age?" I told him what it was and he went and grabbed a circular gear from his Lego Box and came back to his painting (you can see it in the pic below). He said "This is Daddy's heart!" and put it on the paper and with his paint outlined the shape. He then asked me for his mom's age who is slightly younger than his dad so he went and grabbed a slightly smaller circular gear from his Lego box and came back and put the piece to my face and said "This is Mommy's heart!" and put it on the piece of paper inside his "daddy's heart" and drew a second circle with it. I was speechless. He then proceeded to paint his heart inside the two circles and in absolute joy screamed "All done!".
I quickly painted his name on the bottom right hand corner of the page as he cannot write his name yet.
I sent the image as inspiration to the incredible designer @creative.destination who did an amazing job bringing it all together with absolute genius and creativity! The result? A happy smile on my face for a very long time and a lesson I learned in thinking outside the box on what "Love/Heart" can be.
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