As I sit here twirling the yarn in my hand, I have to ask myself why I am doing this. What is the pressure to complete this craft introduced to me by an 8 year old girl. My time with her was interrupted, and the just started project was resting on a pile of papers I need to review.
The paper cup had been cut with 6 vertical staves, and the yarn had a knot in it and it was extending from one of the cuts. She had told me what to do. “You put and knot in this and weave it in and out.” So, I tried and the results did not seem to be coming together.
The project was her classwork at school, and she was so proud of what she was learning, and she wanted me to know how to do it. I pick up the project again and examine what I have been doing. I must be doing something wrong. I consult Google and YouTube. I quickly realize the number of staves needs to be an odd number. Off to the kitchen for another cup.
I unwound the first project, and cut one with seven staves. I start winding and weaving again. The adult in me chimes in again, “just why are you doing this, it is an eight year’s project, she will probably forget and what matters about making it?” I push those thoughts to the basement of my mind. I am not sole convinced that adults understand.
My adjustments work wonders on the cup. The bottom is while like the vanilla of a Neapolitan ice cream, just as the middle and top seem like strawberry and chocolate. The top layer is 5 rounds of white yarn. The construct is kind of flimsy as the yarn does not offer much support. Completed it is sitting on the desk by the corner of the keyboard.
In the adult world, this craft is impractical, something to be placed in the trophy case of childhood crafts, alongside the hand-print turkeys and clay creations. I take a picture of the finished cup and send it to the child’s mother. The reply comes from the child, “Pretty Cool”
I believe that the sense of worth for children partially comes from the worth we invest in the child. Why did I take my day to complete the project? Because I want that child to know that what she was trying to teach me was important. It was important enough for me to take the adult time to finish her project. If I can help children to feel important and worthwhile, then I have succeeded in something vital to the future generations. It all starts with a cup.