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.
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.
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…”
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.