I wouldn’t call myself an illustrator, but I can draw well enough to impress a typical 5 year old – specifically my cousin’s 5-year-old daughter Natalie.
To reward her patience for sitting still during a very adult sit-down dinner one day, I let her sit on my lap as I drew her a colorful parrot.
Natalie was wide-eyed and wriggling with glee by the time I was done. She twisted around on my lap, rubbed my arm enthusiastically and casted about for an appropriate response.
Out tumbled: “You…you…you’re such a GOOD GIRL!”
In her 5-year-old world, there wasn’t any higher praise than that! Nice little reminder on perspective.