I think I was a kid once cause I’ve seen the pictures. But until this project, it’d been a long time since I’ve done kid stuff or allowed myself to just fall flat on my face while learning something new.
I was thinking that parents out there have a built-in reason to do cool kid stuff: to share a learning experience with their daughters and sons. Turned out I wasn’t blessed with my own kids, but I’m thinking most parents are out there probably earning lots of these badges without realizing it, just by doing really fun stuff with their offspring that they might not otherwise do.
This was a big arty/crafty week for me. And while I was working on a few projects, I was wondering what kind of mom I’d have been. Would I have been like my sister and my friend Lizzie (both Virtual Troop Leaders, I might add)? I remember Lizzie and Vic spending lots of time with their children in creative pursuits and thinking those were some lucky kids. Would I have pulled out the paints a couple of times a week for me and my children? Would we have made up songs together? I hope so.
But I think there’d have been a BIG difference between doing these activities with my child versus doing them by and for myself.
As a mom, for better or worse, I think I’d have viewed it all through the lens of a teacher; even if I’d never made a piece of jewelry in my life, the focus would’ve been on helping my experience learning–not me. But here by myself, I get to try all this stuff through the lens of a student, or at least a big kid.
Right now, there are works-in-progress out there for a few badges, and the full updates will come when the tasks have been completed. But here’s a couple of shots of the very first beads I’ve ever made, finished today for some upcoming jewelry and macrame tasks:
Some are decidedly lovelier than others, and you sure won’t see me opening an Etsy shop any time soon, but I just loved making them.
And now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to construct my first kite. Amazing to a lot of you that I’ve never made a kite, I know. But if it takes fifty years to learn something, then I guess that’s what it takes.