I was working on my laptop nearby, but not quite paying enough attention to notice that there was some ball-point pen usage going on in addition to the computer games. When it was time to go upstairs, suddenly I noticed that Joy had scribbled all over one of her shorts-clad legs.
Since I haven't been in blogging mode and don't post much about Joy on Facebook, taking a photo didn't cross my mind. Instead my thoughts went immediately to strategies for cleaning up, given that I hadn't planned a bath for this evening. I was inordinately proud at my success in making clean-up an interactive game on the couch, scrubbing with a wipe and then waiting for Joy to prompt me to scrub again.
It wasn't till the pen-marks were all gone that it hit me.
Could I remember one single time where Joy had picked up a pen and drawn something, ANYTHING, on her own with no prompting from a parent or sister or anyone?
No, I couldn't. Not other than iPad drawing games. I asked JoyDad, he couldn't either.
Her very first unprompted pen-and-ink drawing... and I had effaced it almost immediately, with not so much as a photo for the record.
Art is fleeting.
(As I'm typing this, I look up at the computer where she's game-playing again... and it's a "Peg & Cat" drawing program.)