I was thinking about something when I posted a poem in the Haven (shameless plug) about the drawings by Kindergardeners when asked to draw their house. Kindergardener, to me, is defined as children between the ages of 4 and 6.
After posting Homefront (another plug), I asked some people online and here at the house about what they drew when asked to draw their house at that age, if they could remember. Most of them recall the same house, or very close to it, just like my siblings and I drew. I was wondering about this house and where it came from. Could it be a racial memory (if children are considered as a distict part of the human race)? Is it shaped by environment? Does early reading by parental types define the structure and surroundings of the drawing? Is it cultural?
One lady I spoke with drew close to the same house as I did (only she had a round window in the attic space), and she attended kindergarden in Japan, her family moving there when she was two years old. Another lady I asked didn't draw that house, but drew the house she now resides in (strange but true).
The house in question is usually one story with attic, steep 'V' shaped roof, two windows with panes, centered door, and a chimney, with curly smoke exiting the stack. There's a lollipop looking apple tree, for some reason, and individually growing flowers, sometimes grouped in twos or threes. And the goldfish swim on top of the water of the stream, if one was included.
What do you think, and could you tell me what you drew when you were that age?
“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most
intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” Charles Darwin