snow totems

February 1, 2013

One of my first posts on designskool featured this quirky snowman made in preschool by Oliver. Two years later, Solvi has the same teacher, and thus she exclaimed as she came through the door one day, “Olie, I made a baby for your snowman!” Last week, parents picked up the rather delicate creations after the class play, “The Mitten,” in which Solvi had the female lead. (Incidentally, two years earlier, Oliver had the male lead in the same play.)

Adorable apart, these two snowmen are even better together. First, they represent those comforting rhythms of life that become all-the-more evident when one has kids. But mostly I love how these two tiny clay figures so completely capture the individual personalities of my children. Oliver’s snowman is somewhat messy, but also totally expressive and imaginative. (His was the only snowman with “hair.”) Solvi’s, on the other hand, is more polished. (I’m sure she used her advanced fine motor skills to tie the scarf herself.) Though certainly cute, it also carries itself with a confidence rarely seen in one so small. Just like she is, Solvi’s snowbaby is totally relational – designed to be part of a social unit. And though Oliver’s snowman has more sharp edges, he none-the-less leans protectively over his little sister.

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