There is a well-known psychological assessment for children that involves asking them to draw a house, a tree, and a person and analysing the results. I have no idea how accurate this is (the only reason I've ever heard of it is my misspent childhood reading books of the 'My Heartwringing And Thought-Provoking Experience As A Teacher Of A Special Class' genre), but, when Katie demanded the other day that I come up with an idea for something for her to draw, I thought, what the hell, it's not as though I have any other ideas that I feel a burning need for my three-year-old to immortalise on paper, and said 'A house'.
She started off with the conventional square, and I waited for her to add windows, doors, and a roof. Instead, she filled it with a number of objects that she assured me were:
An oven with two sausages in
A ground floor
A slide ('in case I want to slide down the slide')
A racing car
Woody's feet (not, it appears, the Woody from Toy Story – further details as to who or what this Woody might be were unforthcoming)
Out of curiosity, I did then google for the House-Tree-Person test to see what all this meant. It appears my child is off the scale for psychopathology. Personally, I prefer to go with the conclusion 'delightfully creative'.