Painting with Picasso

I am anxiously awaiting the day when I can write about my life like the good ol’ days. Remember those posts? Yeah, that was nice.

However, I’m not quite there yet. In the meantime, let me introduce you to Whoorlito, Child of the Steel Trap Memory.

A couple of notes:

1. This video was filmed in January when Wito was 29 months old. Forgive me, as I’m obviously grasping for blog material.

2. This video is also a reminder that I was a complete ass for cutting his hair off last month. Give me that precious hair back!

3. Wito memorizes books after reading them for one day. It’s uncanny and blows my mind.

4. It also makes me feel rather stupid.

5. I’ve included the words from the book so you can follow along at your pleasure. Enjoy.

Painting with Picasso from whoorl on Vimeo.

painting with picasso

an artist paints people in all different places
and captures the feelings that show in their faces
a young girl catches a dove in flight
she’ll keep him safe and hold him tight
a serious boy steers a donkey around
this sad boy is dressed like a happy clown
an acrobat balances a ball, while a strongman wonders if she’ll fall
another man’s limbs are in a tangle, with arms and legs at the oddest angle
a woman rests during a dreamy nap
a mother plays a with a babe in her lap
with eyes looking sideways a nails painted red, this woman is telling a joke in her head
and here is the artist who’s captured it all – the faces, the places, the girl on the ball.
with each stroke of his brush, each color and line, he paints a picture of a moment in time.

  • Aladyinredpolish

    March 11, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Your kid, is seriously super duper smart. I was just watching the spelling vid you have, and my mouth dropped and I grabbed my fiance and showed him. Hes like a wiz kid! How are you teaching him, do you spend a long time doing these things, and do you provide visuals? Seems like your doing an amazing job!!

  • whoorl

    March 11, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Thank you. I have to say, he leads the way. We have always read a lot of books to him because that is what he loves when given a choice of activities, but otherwise, he consistently surprises us with his intelligence.

    I definitely try to help foster his strengths, but I think we are just along for the ride. :)

  • Mimi

    March 11, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Wow that was super cute and smart! What a doll he is.

  • hi kooky

    March 11, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Holy crap!


    March 11, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    WOW! I’m so impressed by his memory! That is seriously amazing.

  • Sue

    March 11, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    I. Am. Speechless!

    What I would have given for that skill in school! You’ve got a little star on your hands :)

  • Rhi

    March 11, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    He is so cute, I cannot stand it.

  • Camels & Chocolate

    March 11, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    A genius like his mama!

  • Gia

    March 11, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Your kid is amazing, and I like his hair like it is in the video. He surely inherited your awesome hair genes.

    Someone recently commented on missing your old blogging ways and I have to agree. I got hooked on your site because your life was fun and quirky-but real too. It seems like you spread yourself pretty thin and I hope you can just blog about your life and not what you think people want to hear. Your archives might inspire you. They are addicting!! Good luck, and I hope you don’t find this intrusive or offensive.(maybe this crappy weather is contributing to your funk–I can’t wait for the Cali weather to improve)

    I don’t find this intrusive or offensive at all, and thank you for the compliment!

    It’s just important for people to realize that I have always chosen to keep the majority of my personal life private. My primary focus is my family and when my family needs all of my attention, this blog is going to suffer. I can only hope that readers understand that my life isn’t always “fun and quirky”, and that sometimes I need to focus on what really matters. Which is not this blog. (Hi! I’m Debbie Downer! Nice to meet you!)

  • Emily

    March 11, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Oh my goodness! That is amazing and adorable.

  • Jora

    March 11, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    You totally have to get Wito on one of those “Kids Do the Darnedest Things” shows!!

  • Beth Kujawski

    March 11, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    The cuteness …. The cuteness … !

  • rachel

    March 11, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    cutest clip EVER!

    I always love the Wito updates. He’s such a doll!

  • Jessica

    March 11, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    He is so cute. And so smart. You guys are rocking as parents :)

  • Angella

    March 11, 2009 at 9:28 pm


    He’s a genius for sure. Emily is also about the books. Could you imagine if they married? The grandkids would BLOW OUR MINDS.

  • kat

    March 11, 2009 at 9:34 pm


    wito is a genius. must be some fantastic genes!

    seriously. am BLOWN away.

  • Anonymous New York

    March 12, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Wow! He’s so smart and cute! (Just like his mama!) The spelling video blew me away. What an amazing kid you have!

  • Amanda

    March 12, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Holy crap. He’s brilliant. You must be so proud of him! My son is the exact same age as yours and I’m just amazed at Wito’s crazy reading skillz. AMAZED. Seriously, high fives to you for raising a Super Genius. An extra extra cute Super Genius. Thanks for sharing this with us. No matter how much your blog readers miss you, it’s obvious you’re doing a great job with the important stuff!!

  • Rachel

    March 12, 2009 at 9:47 am

    What a beautiful little boy! Oh yes, so sad that you cut that cute hair off

  • kate

    March 12, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Wow! That is incredible! He really is a smart cookie!! Thanks so much for providing the, uh, translation! Yes, in addition to being ADORABLE, he is smart, too.

  • sunny

    March 12, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Yes, take care of your family first! Your real fans get that :) My son’s hair is like Wito’s and I’m torn about whether to cut it or leave it. Pretty amazing memory on the little man!

  • am'ti b

    March 12, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    the video is great as i said the first time i viewed it. just wanting to give you props on the lovely reply to gia’s comment. thinking of you and yours-always!

  • wishcake

    March 12, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Whaaaaaaat. That child is absolutely and entirely adorable. His little voice totally melts my soul. :) What a smart little boy you’ve raised! Sheesh, you should give him Twilight for a week and see how he does with that one.

    Just kidding. But not really.



    March 12, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    ummmm, how old is Wito??? That may seriously be one of the most incredible things I’ve seen. He seriously is a genius.

  • McCashew

    March 12, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    WOW! You have a serious smarty on your hands… very impressive indeed. For what it’s worth – I love his hair~

  • rachel

    March 12, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Holy brilliant child, batman!

    We miss you, Whoorl, but we’ll be here when you get back.

  • Erika

    March 12, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    He is so cute! I love his baby not quite pronouncing some words but perfectly pronouncing other words speech. My oldest son did this as well. It was cute when the books were short but not so cute when they were 53 page Dr. Seuss books and I wanted to skip a few pages because I was exhausted but I couldn’t because he would politely correct me. :)

  • metalia

    March 13, 2009 at 7:59 am

    Whoa! Go, Wito! He is awesome. And I thought Alex reciting Where the Wild Things Are from memory was impressive. When did our babies become geniuses? Also, WHEN DID THEY STOP BEING BABIES??


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  • Catherine

    March 13, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Do we get to see pics of the new haircut? I bet he’s still cute as can be!

  • Sarah @ BecomingSarah.com

    March 13, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I can’t watch yet as I’m still at work, but the memorization is pretty impressive. I hope he doesn’t grow out of it! That would be a very, very helpful skill in college =)

  • Fleuris

    March 14, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Oh my gosh. I just died of cuteness overload.

  • Sam

    March 15, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Wito is blowing MY MIND!! That was awesome. I might have been a little lost without the text below, but he did amazing. I know my own kiddo will speak in sentences one day (he’s 20 months tomorrow) but WHOA. He’s just adorable, of course. Wito, that is.

  • Vanessa

    March 16, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    I am so impressed with how cute and smart he is! WOW!

  • amy

    March 18, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    I am always in awe of him. He is just dreamy and honestly so so verbally advanced – Like amazing. He will read this year!
    Are we gonna get to hang out at blogher??!!!!!!!! xoxoxox

  • Jenny

    April 22, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Ok, wow. Your kid is beyond bright, beyond “good memory,” probably somewhere in genius-land. This is my first time on your site and I just had to comment. Keep up the good work with him!

  • Reborn Babies

    May 18, 2009 at 3:05 am

    Nice one. Have a look at my blog. Maybe you could contribute a little to it?