Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Inspiration Monday on a Tuesday: L'il Kin

Years ago, while waiting for a flight in an airport, a child nearby cried and whined while his parents struggled to get him settled. I felt bad for them all. It's an uncomfortable situation for everyone. I pulled out a piece of paper and started folding it. The child eventually stopped and watched me as I folded and creased the paper. Soon, I had a little origami frog on my arm rest. I made it jump with a touch to one of the folds. It leaped into the air, and he squealed. I gave it to him, and he played with it until we boarded.

Whew, that worked, I said. And when I got off the plane, I promptly forgot all about it...

The other day, I came across this blogpost at SouleMama, where she describes how her children have become completely enamoured by watching her work on her cross-stitch. To quote:
"Sit, Mama! Sit!" they say, as each of the three of them gather just as close as they possibly can to watch. To watch! Because, I've realized, a story is coming to life right in front of their eyes.
And I didn't realize it until I read it, but I think I was worried that there weren't kids like I was around today... that all kids growing up today were so used to things being made super-fast, super-cheap, made out-of-sight, with never a thought of how they were made. I thought they weren't interested in the magic of making things in these days of tablets and dollarstores. And I didn't know it until I read it, but the little girl inside of me, who still delights in watching people make things, felt pretty lonely thinking there were no other little girls like her.

I'm so relieved to know that's not true. I've got kin out there. L'il kin who still believe in magic. Awesome.


YarnKettle said...

You thing maker you!
I guess frogging is a good word too, just not when you're too far into a project though.

AdrieneJ said...

Ha! I never thought of that!