We have been trying to encourage Gabriel to use art as a way to express his feelings, to externalize the difficult emotions. I worked on a piece about how I felt about being laid-up after my recent surgery, and he imitated me, using red and orange. He wrote underneath the picture, and I was surprised by what came out:
He said, "Red and orange are very vibrant colors. They are warm and cosy."
My little boy has an artistic soul. He picks up vocabulary words and remembers them. Have I ever explained "vibrant" to him? I don't remember. But he tucked the word away somewhere, and pulled it out when he needed it. How cool is that!