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The Right Direction

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I am not crafty. When I see that there’s a do it yourself section in a children’s book, I either endorse it to my mom or sister (they have the craft gene) or I just shut the book and lead Addie away.

So when Total Girl magazine came out with paper dolls of One Direction, I wasn’t sure whether to tell Addie about them or not. But since I was trying to convince her to take Pluma, the book-making class by Foldabots and One Direction-dolls-creator Jomike Tejido, I did. And of course she wanted the dolls. And of course she needed Mama to make them.

The first three I finished. There was still daylight. Check out my final shot - it was already around midnight. Had to work in between feeding, bathing, and carrying the baby.
The first three I finished. There was still daylight. Check out my final shot – it was already around midnight. Had to work in between feeding, bathing, and carrying the baby.

Before I bought the Total Girl mag, I already steeled myself. I was about to do something completely out of my comfort zone. And I was going to do it well.

I studied the instructions, held my breath each time I had to cut each doll (the spiky hair just about killed me!), and didn’t get any writing done that day. I even had to ask for an extension on an article.

Folding these boys was no easy feat! But as I carefully did, I was so amazed at the brain that devised these toys. Wish I could think in 3D too!
Folding these boys was no easy feat! But as I carefully did, I was so amazed at the brain that devised these toys. Wish I could think in 3D too!

While I was making them, I even said, “you better not break these, Addie!” But when I finally (and proudly!) gave them to her, I realized it didn’t matter if they broke. Because they were her toys and she was meant to play with them. But more importantly, I can just do it again. And I told her so. But despite that, she’s still so careful while making them move around as she sings, “baby, you light up my world like nobody else…”

Here they are! A labor of love and toppling self-imposed boundaries.
Here they are! A labor of love and toppling self-imposed boundaries.

This motherhood thing is pretty awesome. I’ve been stretching myself in all kinds of ways – but never did I think I’d actually learn and attempt something I had already written off as “not my thing” just to make my daughter happy. It’s not just the kid doing the growing up here. I’m doing it too.

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