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A "Daddy Rat" Moment [Dec. 11th, 2010|10:05 pm]
It began, you see, because Timothy loves receiving packages in the mail. He's at an age where getting things in the mail is somewhat magical, an unexpected boon, and it has your very own name on it.

Being Amazon Prime members, we don't pay for shipping on individual orders. We also totally (ab)use this system. You can get things like this $1.50 easy maze book delivered. (And delivered with "Timothy" on the label, which is a very important part to remember.)

The result is that Timothy has discovered he really likes mazes. He finger-traces through these mazes (and another book of them) pretty quickly now!

So, being a rat, I've always been fascinated by mazes. And I'm an old paw at drawing them... Used to draw piles of them, really. Without really thinking about it too much, I got out a piece of paper and drew a maze for Tim while he watched. It has a rabbit because his main exposure to mazes has been animal-themed and Timothy said it needed a bunny.

Tim's first maze from daddy rat!

Timothy LOVED IT. I don't think he realized that you could just sit down and spontaneously draw mazes! I don't even consider this a very good maze because it's all freehanded and I was just making it up as I went along. But he was so impressed that, after tracing the solution with his finger a good half-dozen times, he wanted to select this as the toy he took to bed to sleep with! (Being a piece of crinkly paper, we did eventually convince him that there were cuddlier choices.)

So today we've been doing more mazes. He wanted a "really tough" maze so I freehanded another one. And I'll just note that it's hard to freehand concentric circles. :P

A tough maze for a big boy solver.

This one took him a minute, since I did build in some good feints and loops. But he solved it soon enough and was darn proud of the accomplishment. :)

We went through several more pieces of paper today, sitting on the floor with crayons and collaboratively creating mazes by taking turns drawing walls. Fun times! It warms a daddy rat's heart. :D

[User Picture]From: twigmouse
2010-12-12 06:40 am (UTC)
That's awesome! Train him well and he'll be a top-maze runner when he grows up ;-)

I used to draw mazes too, back in elementary school. I would fill whole sheets of printer paper with lines spaced just far enough apart to fit a pencil tip in between, with intricate patterns and all kinds of false tracks that went on for a while before you realized it was the wrong way (with plenty of dead-end branches along the way.

I think those were the sort of 'art' that my parents used to take to a doctor and ask what it meant ;-)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2010-12-12 07:01 am (UTC)
It means you're perfectly normal, I say! :D
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[User Picture]From: thump
2010-12-12 06:51 am (UTC)
Awesome :)
Guess he needs a maze book in his stocking this year!
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From: silvertaine
2010-12-12 09:22 am (UTC)
Okay, that is really really cool. I used to love mazes as a kid... never thought of drawing my own though. Somehow I now feel robbed. ;)

What a great memory he'll have stored away.
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[User Picture]From: loranskunky
2010-12-12 02:16 pm (UTC)
Cobb would like to have a word with you :)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2010-12-12 04:40 pm (UTC)
Oh? Is Cobb a maze fan?
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[User Picture]From: loranskunky
2010-12-12 05:44 pm (UTC)
Inception joke, not sure if you would get that. Maze making was part of the test.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2010-12-12 05:54 pm (UTC)
Ah. Haven't actually seen it yet. :)
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[User Picture]From: coongt
2010-12-12 08:33 pm (UTC)
That's -exactly- what I thought when I saw the circle maze :)
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[User Picture]From: kinkyturtle
2010-12-13 11:11 am (UTC)
Me too!

"You'll have to do better than that."
"That's more like it."
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[User Picture]From: harvardheinous
2010-12-12 02:23 pm (UTC)
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From: kaibab
2010-12-12 03:27 pm (UTC)
When my son was in that 3-5 year old age group, I would draw mazes for him all of the time. It was our tradition to do while sitting and waiting for just about anything. He especially liked them if I drew them in the shape of a train, car, or other vehicle.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2010-12-12 04:43 pm (UTC)
Very cool! It's actually a pleasant absorbing activity. Neat to share like that, too.
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[User Picture]From: ysengrin
2010-12-12 04:30 pm (UTC)
Yay! Mazes are good for ya :)
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[User Picture]From: singingnettle
2010-12-12 04:34 pm (UTC)

This reminded me that I drew mazes when I was a kid. I haven't thought of that in years and years.
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[User Picture]From: marko_the_rat
2010-12-12 07:44 pm (UTC)
He's at an age where getting things in the mail is somewhat magical, an unexpected boon...

You mean there's an age at which getting things in the mail isn't somewhat magical, especially if I wasn't expecting it? I wonder when I'll get to it? I hope it's not for a long time yet!
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[User Picture]From: tsuyoto
2010-12-12 08:17 pm (UTC)
The first one reminds me of the new FC hotel, but less complicated.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2010-12-13 05:22 am (UTC)
Zing! :D
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[User Picture]From: roofus
2010-12-12 08:17 pm (UTC)
You'd make a good architect in Inception ;)
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[User Picture]From: witchofnovember
2010-12-13 06:38 pm (UTC)
You didn't include the flower maze. Tim was just showing it to me.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2010-12-13 10:17 pm (UTC)
I hadn't drawn it yet when I posted this! That was yesterday evening.

(And I didn't include the frog and dinosaur maze just because I didn't think it was as cool as these two.)
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[User Picture]From: brigus
2010-12-13 09:40 pm (UTC)
Drawing mazes for your kid = pure awesome.
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[User Picture]From: brandywine93
2010-12-15 01:43 am (UTC)
that is so sweet it hurts. :) just wait until he wants lifesized ones!!
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[User Picture]From: timberwoof
2010-12-20 02:38 am (UTC)
I especially like the symbols for the start and end. The bunny and carrot are cute; the A and B with their classic serifs are just … classic.
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[User Picture]From: kit_ping
2010-12-20 06:05 am (UTC)
I do note that Nic didn't post a picture of the third one from that afternoon, which started at a dinosaur and ended at a frog. :D
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