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Joy in the Journey–A Battle-Scarred Fox and the Thrill of Creativity

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“Which one do you think Grandma made?’ asks my crafty granddaughter. She shows her mom the two fox corner bookmarks you see on the Ellie and Harry books.  Close scrutiny will reveal that Ellie’s fox has lovely, uniform ears. Those on Harry’s fox, on the other hand, show evidence of battle–either the fox has been in a tussle, or its crafter is folding-challenged.

Maria, in an act of kindness or perhaps a momentary lapse of memory (“What? My mom a klutz? Really?”), incorrectly guesses that I made the fox with the matching ears . . . .

and therein lies the message of the day.

Not only am I talent-free, I’m also clumsy–and that in no way eliminates me from a bright, happy morning of art activity with Tina. With the day off school and only a few tasks that need to be completed, Tina comes up with the idea of making bookmarks.

We check out YouTube videos and come up with some real winners. The instructors demonstrate EVERYTHING–neat folding (sorry, no can do), drawing lightly in pencil, and even erasing the pencil lines with your choice of two kinds of eraser.

What fun Tina and I have making the bookmarks and setting up the display for our photo shoot!

Tina’s next project–her very own craft video.

Our happy morning reminds me that Tina recently won a story contest. She might have won anyway, but the fact that hers was the only entry sealed the deal :).

Sometimes, as in the case of the klutzy grandma who had a wonderful morning and the prize-winning storygirl, all it takes to win is to show up and make an effort.



An Annoying Little Game and a Moment of Discovery

Did you ever play an annoying little game as a child? I’m thinking of the kind that have a picture with holes and several tiny metal balls, all encased in plastic. The object is to tilt the picture this way and that to get the balls in the holes. About 2″ by 2″, these little items provide frustration or amusement for the child while the parents get a few minutes of peace and quiet.

Possessing neither skill nor luck nor patience, I never liked them very much.

But Tina is different. Game in hand, she tells me she needs a magnet. I suggest one from the fridge.

She soon shows me the completed game, having placed the magnet under the picture and used to it control the balls.

So how exactly did Tina think of employing the principle of magnetism to solve the puzzle?

“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.” ~Albert Szent-Gyorgyi