This Dad Perfectly Illustrates His 2 Year-Old's Words
For all the walls they color on, the temper tantrums, the poo-escapades... kids are also a TON of fun.
They are filled with wonder, amazement, and giggles but the train doesn't stop there.
One of the best things about being a parent are the conversations we have with our children. From the questions they ask to the weird things we utter straight out of our own mouths to them: it's all amazing.
One artist has taken the game to a new level and it all began at home with his wife and their 2 year-old daughter, Harper.
Martin Buckner's realization came on a night like any other, when Harper was playing with her food in the most extravagant of ways and without flinching, his wife told their tiny tot, "please don't put spaghetti between your toes."
If you've ever combined spaghetti night with toddlers then you're probably well aware of how creative kids get with pasta and marinara sauce but something that night made Martin pause and begin to think about just how interesting parenthood and young ones are.
That very same night while helping Harper with her bath he found himself nonchalantly ask the child, "Did you just drop your cheese in the bathtub?"
"I thought, 'This is it,'" he says. "'This is my life now.'"
Okay, that phrase may usually sound like a moment of depression and exasperation but for many parents, Bruckner included, it was a joyful moment where he realized that his life is amazing and his kid was pretty incredible, too.
And so, Bruckner did what any good artist does and he began illustrating her best moments, her most hilarious moments, and the moments that he just never wanted to stop giggling at.
And the images are perfect. This art is what parenthood is all about.
1. Colorful visual memories
Mark said that his daughter's words just rose imagery in his mind.via:Mark Bruckner /upworthy
2. The truth is...
Mark actually only originally created 8 drawings and they were intended for a Mother's Day gift.via:Mark Bruckner /upworthy
3. Inquisitive Minds
Kids ask the best questions.via:Mark Bruckner /upworthy
4. Things took a turn quickly...
After he threw a few of his illustrations up on a Facebook Page, perfectly named Spaghetti Toes, his Mother's Day gift turned into an Internet sensation.via:Mark Bruckner /upworthy
5. The viral path...
Of course it's not hard to believe how or why his illustrations went viral, because they did, and Mark was soon receiving contact from book publishers!via:Mark Bruckner /upworthy
Mark's book, however, is not just filled with his own child's musings. Mark had begun drawing for requests from parents everywhere whose children also had hilarious gems to share with the world.via:Mark Bruckner /upworthy
7. As I said...
All parents do know what this is like. Kids seriously say the funniest things... all the time.via:Mark Bruckner /upworthy
8. Bruckner says:
"The world we live in today ... I think everyone can agree it's not great. The news brings you down. But even people that don't have kids, they say, 'Thank you for this.'"via:Mark Bruckner /upworthy
9. At the end of the day...
For all the poop these kids bring to our lives, their adorable phrases, questions, and thoughts make the sleepless nights and endless messes worth it.via:Mark Bruckner /upworthy
10. Bruckner talks of the other parents he illustrated for:
"It brightens their day. That means a lot."via:Mark Bruckner /upworthy
11. Harper grows...
Today Harper is 5 years old and her hilarious musings may now be fewer and farther between but they are definitely still there according to the artist.via:Mark Bruckner /upworthy
12. In fact, just before Easter Bruckner overheard this gem:
""Ladies, we have all day to have fun," she said. "But Jesus is coming soon, and this house is a mess.""via:Mark Bruckner /upworthy
13. Every moment is SO worth it
Speaking to Bruckner, it sure sounds like he's not ready for the moments to end. However, as the parent of an almost 8 year-old, I hope he knows they aren't getting ready to end at 5. They definitely keep coming!via:Mark Bruckner /upworthy
Bruckner's illustrations take fleeting moments and memorializes them forever, and it's amazing. We should all be so blessed.via:Mark Bruckner /upworthy