petite anglaise

September 28, 2005

guess who?

Filed under: Tadpole rearing — petiteanglaiseparis @ 5:38 pm

I’m afraid I haven’t got around to posting today, so instead I leave you to guess which of the “people” depicted on this delightful drawing by Tadpole (aged 2 yrs and 3 months) is supposed to be yours truly.


  1. The red one in the middle?

    Comment by Hazy — September 28, 2005 @ 5:55 pm

  2. or possibly all 7?

    Comment by Hazy — September 28, 2005 @ 6:01 pm

  3. Isn’t the one on the left wearing a kind of dress ? But the hair is confusing…

    Comment by Emma B. — September 28, 2005 @ 6:08 pm

  4. This must be catching Dooce posting up her daughters artwork just a few days before you !

    Comment by P in France — September 28, 2005 @ 6:23 pm

  5. My vote is the green one on the left.

    Comment by Universal Soldier — September 28, 2005 @ 6:25 pm

  6. I’m going for the red one – I think you still have some of the bolognaise panini stuck on your face.

    Comment by mary — September 28, 2005 @ 6:35 pm

  7. I don’t know which one is you but I am totally impressed with your daughters talents! my little girl is three and a half and I still have arms coming out of my ears every time she draws me…

    Comment by croque madame — September 28, 2005 @ 7:25 pm

  8. green one on left – not sure why though

    Comment by pww — September 28, 2005 @ 7:43 pm

  9. Green one at the bottom?

    Comment by Anne — September 28, 2005 @ 8:25 pm

  10. Yep – I’ll go for the frazzled looking one?

    Comment by Mr Wibble — September 28, 2005 @ 8:30 pm

  11. It has to be the green circle top right … the one with no facial features at all! In my experience mummies should never get their hopes up when presented with pictures like that! We all know which one we’d choose to be (tall, lithe, big smile, bag-less eyes,the normal number of limbs, hair of some discription etc) and which one we are praying is the guinea pig … I’m always the guinea pig!

    Comment by Prawn Cocktail Crisps — September 28, 2005 @ 8:59 pm

  12. That’s a seriously nice sketch. I once paid 50 francs for a speedy portrait outside the Pompidou Centre which was nowhere near as good as that.

    Comment by huw — September 28, 2005 @ 9:05 pm

  13. I’m going for the red one in the middle. :)

    Comment by yayaempress — September 28, 2005 @ 9:13 pm

  14. I’m impressed. My 3 yrs and 3 months old daughter has only just started to draw “people”. They don’t have bodies yet, just incredibly long limbs coming straight out of the neck.

    You’re the red one in the middle, of course. (could tell because of the glasses).

    Comment by Mancunian Lass — September 28, 2005 @ 9:17 pm

  15. She’s really 2 years and 3 months? My 2 year, seven month daughter hasn’t even started to draw people/objects yet. It’s scribbles and spirals and circles. I’m flabbergasted! And I vote for the red one, too, because of the panini post.

    Comment by Cloclette — September 28, 2005 @ 9:57 pm

  16. Very healthy drawing for two, and not one attempt to make them anatomically correct. My mother always had to make little construction paper pants for my portraits of my dad. Apparently I KNEW where I came from.

    Comment by MD — September 28, 2005 @ 10:35 pm

  17. Green one at the right.

    She will be the red one in the middle so you are the one that is looking at her.

    Great drawing for a 2 year old!

    Comment by Laura — September 28, 2005 @ 10:49 pm

  18. The rouge one.

    And after six years of high school and college French, that’s about as good as I get. (It was all a very long time ago.)

    Comment by delmer — September 28, 2005 @ 10:56 pm

  19. Oh, you’ve got glasses ? (Femmes a lunette… chantait Gotainer :-) )

    Comment by vonric — September 28, 2005 @ 11:29 pm

  20. The nervous looking one in the middle with the big red eyes, of course. And this drawing *is* very advanced. In Germany when a child is about 4 they check if he/she has gone beyond the “Kopffüßler” stage – drawing just a big head with the arms and legs sticking out of it to depict a human being. Tadpole’s way beyond that already.

    Comment by christina — September 29, 2005 @ 12:02 am

  21. tis too easy – you is the red one

    Comment by andre — September 29, 2005 @ 12:23 am

  22. My son is 2 years and 11 months and, like most children of his age, still scribbles or squiggles or whatever it is in English. Il gribouille, en somme. It’s absolutely amazing that your little one draws people at her age. No kidding, it’s just incredible. You must be proud.

    Comment by A frog in Oz — September 29, 2005 @ 1:04 am

  23. All I know is that Tadpole can draw far better then I ever could, it’s fantastic

    Comment by Pointy — September 29, 2005 @ 1:07 am

  24. It’s funny, isn’t it, how they draw legs coming straight out of chins? As if everything between the bit that walks and the bit that talks didn’t even exist…

    Comment by Taupe — September 29, 2005 @ 2:07 am

  25. red one

    Comment by claire — September 29, 2005 @ 2:56 am

  26. red one in the middle.

    Comment by jimmmy — September 29, 2005 @ 6:33 am

  27. If it’s the big red-eyed one in the middle, can I suggest an early night?

    Comment by Susan — September 29, 2005 @ 9:48 am

  28. The one with the gegs.

    Comment by Parkin Pig — September 29, 2005 @ 10:38 am

  29. gegs?

    Comment by petite — September 29, 2005 @ 11:26 am

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    Comment by steve — September 29, 2005 @ 1:09 pm

  31. glasses I think – someone once told me i wore gegs

    Comment by cheria — September 29, 2005 @ 1:39 pm

  32. …or goggles ?

    Comment by vonric — September 29, 2005 @ 2:15 pm

  33. Well, as many people guessed correctly, I am supposed to be the one with the (very stylish Gucci) glasses depicted in red. I appear to be rolling my eyes in exasperation, which is not uncommon.

    To my left is a rather oversized “Tico L’Ecureuil”, which is the Dora the Explorer inspired name of Tadpole’s favourite rag doll, who does indeed have a triangular face and pigtails.

    And yes, I am rather proud of her. A budding Webb, no doubt.

    Comment by petite — September 29, 2005 @ 2:47 pm

  34. Sorry, I didn’t recognize the brand for the specs. Tadpole will have to draw better, next time.

    Comment by vonric — September 29, 2005 @ 3:20 pm

  35. BLIMEY… you should be.. (proud that is). she IS good. Quick, set her up a blog!

    Comment by vitriolica (Webb that is) — September 29, 2005 @ 4:37 pm

  36. Petite, I’m going to tell you the first thing that came to my mind as soon as I saw Tadpole’s drawing: that you are the one in red with a big smiley pregnant belly! No wonder your eyes are like that too! :D

    Comment by Marcia — September 29, 2005 @ 4:54 pm

  37. She’s very, very good for just over 2, she really is. I say you’re the big one on the left and she’s the red one looking all wild in the middle top.

    Comment by JoAnne — September 29, 2005 @ 5:14 pm

  38. guess I should have read ALL the comments before hazarding a reply…

    Comment by JoAnne — September 29, 2005 @ 5:15 pm

  39. Glaees? Not just big red eyes?
    Do you have the same tradition of filling your refrigerator front with the kid’s pictures? Then when it’s solidly covered they complain about you hiding the old ones – Don’t you like them anymore?

    Comment by joeinvegas — September 29, 2005 @ 5:15 pm

  40. She’s very talented! When I was 2, all I could draw were mice (a slumped ellipse with something sticking out) and Mom’s hands – with no less than 10 fingers on each. I’m guessing you’re the red one in the middle, with what looks like a head instead of a stomach (or is that a whole different person?)… the glasses are lovely, though :)

    Comment by Alex — September 29, 2005 @ 5:20 pm

  41. So, who are the other people? Therapists often have children draw their family, and then analyze the drawing. Since you were drawn in the middle, some would say it is evident that you are the center of her life.

    We’ll have to ask what they would say about the big red eyes! LOL Great drawing for her age!You should think about framing it or save it in her baby scrapbook.

    Comment by Elle — September 29, 2005 @ 7:05 pm

  42. I vote fo the red one in the middle as well – it looks like she (he, it?) is wearing glasses, as I seem to remember reading that you also do.

    Comment by Sammy — September 29, 2005 @ 7:12 pm

  43. Whew – I’m so glad to read all of the above comments. My own Tadpole is aged exactly 2 years 3 months, and I was beginning to think of him as slightly retarded, seeing that PA’s Tadpole appears to speak in complete sentences AND draws people.

    The best mine can do is scratch a pen across the wall, and he has about 5 words in English and only 2 in French for the moment (“merci” and “au secours!”)….

    Comment by Francaise de Coeur — September 30, 2005 @ 12:52 am

  44. Oh, and a smattering of Spanish, as he only watches Dora in V.O.

    Now that I think about it, maybe he’s more confused than retarded?

    Comment by Francaise de Coeur — September 30, 2005 @ 10:09 am

  45. Wow, that’s an incredible drawing for a 2-yr-old!

    My 3-and-a-half-yr-old still scribbles manically. He doesn’t even do faces yet.

    But he’s very good at talking.

    [retreats in a cloud of competitive-parent shame]

    Comment by Clare — September 30, 2005 @ 2:00 pm

  46. She has a gift for capturing expression…Is Tadpole the full figure on the bottom right,leaning and glancing askew?

    Comment by Belle — September 30, 2005 @ 9:28 pm

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