Subjectivity of Art

“There’s nothing cute about it,” he said. The register of his voice indicated decision more so than discussion.

She disagreed heartily and privately, staring past his head and out the window behind him.

Their three-year-old son streaked by; a blur of gray, brown and orange acrylic paint.  She found the humor in his painting himself to match their cat, but conceded he should probably come inside.


This is my first entry in the Trifextra weekend challenge.    Here are the instructions:  For your prompt this week, we are giving you the first 33 words of a story. You need to complete it with 33 of your own words.

“There’s nothing cute about it,” he said. The register of his voice indicated decision more so than discussion. She disagreed heartily and privately, staring past his head and out the window behind him.

This weekend’s Trifextra is community-judged.  If you think this entry deserves a vote, there will be a chance to vote for it for 12 hours following the close of the challenge.  I’ll do a post then and link back to the challenge…

54 thoughts on “Subjectivity of Art

  1. The Gal Herself March 23, 2012 / 8:59 AM

    Aw, how cute is this! What a great response to the prompt.

    • jannatwrites March 23, 2012 / 4:20 PM

      Thanks, The Gal Herself. I appreciate you stopping by to read it 🙂

  2. drabfoolaloofbard March 23, 2012 / 9:04 AM

    Oh, sweet childhood…and the excitement it brings to parenthood.

    • jannatwrites March 23, 2012 / 4:21 PM

      Kids do know how to shake things up a bit. It doesn’t help that my older son (9 years old) would be perfectly comfortable living in a nudist colony!

  3. dunce two March 23, 2012 / 9:09 AM

    I like this one a lot. Kids are sometimes cutest at their most terrible. But always good for a laugh.

    • jannatwrites March 23, 2012 / 4:22 PM

      Thanks, Dunce Two. The hardest part is not laughing in those moments because that would only encourage them.

  4. jesterqueen March 23, 2012 / 9:39 AM

    And the ‘streaked’ suggests he painted his WHOLE self.

    • OldDogNewTits March 23, 2012 / 4:16 PM

      “I love this story AND this comment,” said the mother of a now 12-year-old boy. (Sniff.)

      • jannatwrites March 23, 2012 / 4:34 PM

        Not as cute when they’re 12, huh? My oldest will be 10 this year. It is a bit sad to reach double-digits…but that’s another post/story entirely.

        Thanks for reading, ODNT!

        • jannatwrites March 23, 2012 / 5:10 PM

          That was so sweet, how your son took care of things while you were sick. Thanks for sharing that post, ODNT!

    • jannatwrites March 23, 2012 / 4:24 PM

      Yes, ma’am…you are correct!

      Thanks for stopping by to read my entry, Jester Queen.

  5. Amanda March 23, 2012 / 10:23 AM

    I love this! Well written & totally relatable. It’s hard not to laugh when they’re being so cute about misbehaving!

    • jannatwrites March 23, 2012 / 4:26 PM

      Thanks, Amanda! You’re right about the not laughing…I have been known to leave the room to compose myself once or twice!

  6. Kim@Amommaly March 23, 2012 / 10:50 AM

    This is so great! Simple, Deep, Relatable.
    Thanks for the smile!

    • jannatwrites March 23, 2012 / 4:27 PM

      Thanks, Kim. Glad you liked it and got a smile from it!

  7. Rachel March 23, 2012 / 11:05 AM

    I love this. You really captured that 3 year old spirit. Very well done.

    • jannatwrites March 23, 2012 / 4:27 PM

      Thanks, Rachel…I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  8. Gina March 23, 2012 / 11:54 AM

    Boys and their mischief. I have one of those and as they get older, it gets sillier! Miss the little things like this!

    • jannatwrites March 23, 2012 / 4:29 PM

      They can be silly, Gina. The toddler days are long gone for me, so I’m bracing myself for what they come up with next. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts 🙂

  9. barbara March 23, 2012 / 11:59 AM

    glad it was the 3 year old and not the 22 year old 🙂 (unless it was David Cassidy, of course) 🙂

    • jannatwrites March 23, 2012 / 4:31 PM

      Yes, Barbara…there’s a line between ‘cute’ and ‘creepy’ – a 22 year old would be way over that line! Are you talking David Cassidy at 22, or now?? We may be crossing yet another line there 😆

  10. newwhitebear March 23, 2012 / 1:43 PM

    I read only. But it’s interesting to read following.

    • jannatwrites March 23, 2012 / 4:32 PM

      Thanks for reading, Newwhitebear – I appreciate it 🙂

  11. Amelia March 23, 2012 / 2:57 PM

    I absolutely disagree! That sounds like the epitome of cute!!

    • jannatwrites March 23, 2012 / 4:33 PM

      I think so too, Amelia…that Dad is just a stick in the mud! Thanks for reading my 33-word entry.

  12. nrhatch March 23, 2012 / 7:03 PM

    Wonderful, Janna! Art IS so subjective. 😀

    • jannatwrites March 23, 2012 / 8:46 PM

      Thanks, Nancy! This is a particularly unique medium 🙂

  13. MOV March 23, 2012 / 7:08 PM

    this might be my favorite………….


    • jannatwrites March 23, 2012 / 8:47 PM

      Thanks for reading…and the compliment, MOV!

  14. El Guapo March 23, 2012 / 7:44 PM

    Well done! I snorted at the very last line.

    • jannatwrites March 23, 2012 / 8:48 PM

      Good, El Guapo…so glad you liked it! Thanks for reading 🙂

  15. Sandra March 23, 2012 / 8:27 PM

    Good thing he painted only himself and not the cat?! This is very cute, indeed!

    • jannatwrites March 23, 2012 / 8:49 PM

      Yeah, painting the cat would’ve been a whole other mess, for sure! Thanks for reading, Sandra.

  16. pattisj March 23, 2012 / 9:18 PM

    That was a good one, Janna!

    • jannatwrites March 23, 2012 / 10:56 PM

      Thanks, Patti. This was a fun one to write!

  17. The Mommy Patient March 24, 2012 / 6:34 PM

    Brilliant! So easy to visualize. And so easy to relate to this.

    • jannatwrites March 24, 2012 / 9:28 PM

      Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts, The Mommy Patient! I think most people with kids have experienced at least one, “oh no, they did not just do that” moment.

    • jannatwrites March 24, 2012 / 9:31 PM

      I think I’m talking about a lot of people’s sons, Nicole! At least it gives us plenty of stories to tell their future girlfriends…(only kidding….maybe :lol:)

  18. Mel March 25, 2012 / 4:28 AM

    Haha! This is hilarious! I swear I’m going to see my 4yo streaking across a field on TV one day. Keeping clothes on her can be challenging. 🙂

    • jannatwrites March 25, 2012 / 12:49 PM

      Too funny, Mel. I have the same fears for my older son (9 years old). We keep waiting for the modesty stage and it hasn’t hit yet. Just a few weeks ago, the doorbell rang while he was getting ready for his bath…I caught him before he opened the door. Good thing because he didn’t grab a towel and it was our neighbor and her daughter selling Girl Scout cookies.

  19. Libby March 25, 2012 / 6:25 AM

    Niiiice! LOL! This story evoked a vivid mental image 🙂

    • jannatwrites March 25, 2012 / 12:49 PM

      Thanks, Libby! I appreciate you stopping by to read it 🙂

  20. braintomahawk March 25, 2012 / 8:50 AM

    toilet training vs litterbox…something to consider!
    great entry!

    • jannatwrites March 25, 2012 / 12:53 PM

      I’ve been through toilet training twice and I say litterbox is WAY easier. (I can’t say that toilet training is over, though…one or both boys can’t hit the target. When asked, both deny that their aim is suspect.)

      Thanks for reading, Braintomahawk!

    • jannatwrites March 25, 2012 / 12:50 PM

      Thanks for reading and sharing your supportive comment, LetMeStart!

  21. chrstnj March 25, 2012 / 3:03 PM

    This is completely relatable. I’m am just hoping that my 3-year-old never thinks to try this, but part of me feels it’s just a matter of time….

    • jannatwrites March 25, 2012 / 3:52 PM

      Four words, Chrstnj: “Lock up the paint!” (Or make sure to buy washabale….acrylics don’t wash off very easily…tempera paint is better :))

  22. karen March 25, 2012 / 11:12 PM

    Can totally see this! Might be that I have one about that age. LMAO.

    • jannatwrites March 26, 2012 / 5:12 AM

      They are completely unexpected at that age, Karen. Watch out 🙂

  23. Trifecta (@trifectawriting) March 26, 2012 / 4:28 AM

    Thanks so much for linking up to Trifextra. Remember, this weekend’s entries are being judged by the Trifecta community, so I hope you were able to cast your vote(s). Winners will be announced with the Monday post. Hope to see you back then.

    • jannatwrites March 26, 2012 / 5:17 AM

      Thanks for offering the challenges, Trifecta. Very entertaining, for sure!

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