"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Friday, December 19, 2008

Underwater Wook World

Gabriel's fascination with everything under the sea has not wavered for years. The boy has got a serious case of fish-on-the-brain. Even during everyday conversations he'll bust out random thoughts on the matter. Example:

Me: Gabe, do you want a sandwich for lunch?

Gabe: Are jellyfish fish?
Me: Uh, I guess so since it has "fish" in the name... So do want a sandwich?
Gabe: Then Jellyfish are my favorite fish!
Me: Oh, great! Soooo, sandwich?? Yes or no?
Gabe: Huh? What? I cannot hear you.
And so it goes. I often wonder what it's like to be in his brain where fish, sharks and manta rays are constantly swimming around blocking the sound of my voice.

And just to be clear, the cuter animals of the sea do not generally interest him. Dolphins and baby sea lions? Give me a break. Angler fish, krill, whale sharks and moray eels... now you're talking!
Speaking of angler fish, here's his latest work of art titled, "Angler Fish Monster" as photographed by Gabriel himself:

He also works in 3D to create masterpieces such as this octopus (or was it a jellyfish!?):
Aching for more? Watch Gabe's favorite angler fish video here.


unschooling mum said...

So very cool ... I love the angler picture and the octopus/jellyfish.

Andrea said...


Is that the shirt that says Gabriel all over it?!


PS Cam also recenly lost the same position tooth as Gabe. I am bummed that my baby's face is about to change :(

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