Chapter 1

OncewhenIwassixIsawamagnificentpictureinabookaboutthejungle,calledTrueStories. Itshowedaboaconstrictorswallowingawildbeast. Hereisacopyofthepicture.  

Inthebookitsaid: "Boaconstrictorsswallowtheirpreywhole,withoutchewing. Afterwardtheyarenolongerabletomove,andtheysleepforsixmonthstheyneedfordigestion."  

InthosedaysIthoughtalotaboutjungleadventures,andeventuallymanagedtomakemyfirstdrawing,withacoloredpencil. MydrawingNumberOnelookedlikethis:  

Ishowedthegrown-upsmymasterpiece,andIaskedthemifmydrawingscaredthem.  

Theyanswered,"Whyshouldanyonebescaredofahat?"  

Mydrawingwasnotapictureofahat. Itwasapictureofaboaconstrictordigestinganelephant. ThenIdrewtheinsideoftheboaconstrictor,sothegrown-upscouldunderstand. Theyalwaysneedexplanations.  

MydrawingNumberTwolookedlikethis:  

Thegrown-upsadvisedmetoputawaymydrawingsofboaconstrictors,outsideorinside,andapplymyselfinsteadtogeography,history,arithmetic,andgrammar. ThatiswhyIgaveup,attheageofsix,amagnificentcareerasanartist. IhadbeendiscouragedbythefailureofmydrawingNumberOneandofmydrawingNumberTwo.  

Grown-upsneverunderstandanythingbythemselves,anditisexhaustingforchildrentohavetoexplainoverandoveragain. 

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