Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. ~Albert Einstein
Kyle is definitely a logical person, very uniformed and structured in his thinking and habits. He thinks things through, and in order to accept the way something is dictated or presented to him, he has to have a full understanding and it has to make logical sense. If not, he has no trouble questioning, anyone!
Although, I am happy with this level of logic Kyle exemplifies. I am also happy to have observed his inner creativity on a number of occasions from Listening to a Child’s Thoughts and Afraid of a Story. Kyle does have a very vivid imagination! This is so true for movies, books, video games and even walking back the hallway to his room. Granted, I get it, Kyle is after all a kid, and majority of children have imaginations to some degree, but Kyle physically feels the story. However, the opposite is true, when something doesn’t capture his attention. He is not interested and doesn’t give it the time of day. But, once Kyle’s mind is engrossed in the subject, he is mentally and physically committed.
While watching cartoons, movies and playing video games, Kyle brings the action to life through his verbal and animated gestures. It seems the natural course of action goes like this: Kyle sees the subject of interest, the visual enters through his eyes and ears, it makes its way around his brain, then exists through his mouth and arms. Kyle will literally makes the gun and car sounds, his version of a running noise, or mimics the background music, especially if it emphasizes tension or suspense.
During his video game battles when things start heating up, Kyle throws up his hands and begins rubbing his head, as if in a stressful motion, and his whole body tenses. It’s rather funny!
When Kyle was probably around five or so, he would ride around in the shopping cart in the store, usually playing his Nintendo DS. One time, just out of curiosity, mom and I pushed the cart containing Kyle, to the middle of the isle and we proceeded to hide at the other end, peeking at Kyle from around shelved merchandise. This was my experiment, to see how long it would take Kyle to leave his game, come back to reality, and realize he was alone and not moving anymore. Just as we started to execute the experiment, one guy in the isle watched us and wondered what the heck we were doing. That is until he gave us a devilish grin and saw the kid in the cart intently playing his video game. It took Kyle close to ten minutes before he realized he was along and we were gone, well actually hidden out of immediate sight. Mom and I almost fell over laughing as we peeked around the isle to watch him. He first just happened to look up, then to his surprise he was alone, no one was in the isle. All we heard him say was, “Hello?” like he was answering a telephone! No screaming, no immediate panic, kind of just curious. It was too much, mom and I busted out laughing and came walking toward Kyle. He sat there with the biggest grin ever! He said, “I was wondering where you went?” I said, “You didn’t even notice we were gone.” He just smile, knowing the point I was making.
This past weekend was really rainy, cold and dreary. The ingredients for a perfect book weekend, well the perfect time to do some baking too. Kyle was almost done with his Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix book, so we sat and read it together. I really enjoy creating intensity while reading, through the rhythm of the words, the pace the sentences are read, and the proper use of enunciation and exclamation. On Sunday night, we both squeezed in the chair in my living-room and picked up where we left off from earlier. It was pretty intense. Every time I turned the page, Kyle was rubbing his head, throwing up his hands in an excited motion, and letting out squeals. He truly makes reading fun, and brings the excitement of the stories to life! I hope Kyle keeps that intensity through life!