This afternoon we decided to make a few paper snowflakes. It is finally cold again (like it’s supposed to be in January in the Northern Hemisphere) but still no snow at my house. It really is getting depressing. So today we decided to make our own. This child of mine loves to cut. My mom gave her a small pair of scissors for her birthday last year and she has done really well with them. So far she hasn’t cut anything she’s not supposed to. So far. I’m sure it’s coming. But she pulls out her art box everyday to cut and glue and color something or other. It’s really fun to watch her.
I don’t think I’ve made a paper snowflake for more than ten years. And it was surprisingly therapeutic to sit down on the floor with my paper and my pink scissors and snip away.
The best part is opening them up and seeing what you’ve made. It’s always a surprise. After I cut them out I gave them a quick press with a hot iron to help the folds lay flat.
Well, Creamie’s was less of a surprise. It was pretty obvious to me from the beginning what she was going to end up with. But she was as happy as could be doing it. I don’t think her scissors and sharp enough to cut all the layers of a snowflake anyway. And that’s probably for the best.
Man, I love this little face of hers. I mean, she is two going on thirteen, but sometimes she is just so sweet it makes my heart ache. I am so lucky to have her in my life.
This was my favorite snowflake I made today. I think I’ll be doing this a few more times this “winter”. One of Creamie’s favorite Christmas movies is How the Grinch Stole Christmas. There is a line in there when the Grinch is deciding to pretend to be Santa and steal all the toys where he says “If I can’t find a reindeer I’ll make one instead.” I really feel like that sometimes. If I can’t find snowflakes, well then I’ll make them instead. Me and the Grinch. Getting innovative with our available resources to accomplish our goals. Or whatever.