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Tiny People for Little People

Posted on 12 May 2010 by admin

Sometimes when what you love to do becomes your work, you have to stop and remember the playful, joyous part of it. Having a 2 year old pretty much guarantees that playing will happen, and often.
I’ve been looking at this guy, an artist and a dad who seems to have retained a very free sense of play. First I resented him, for seeming to just flow with great ideas and energy and amazing execution- really, how dare he! Then I remembered that life-lesson I ALWAYS forget- when you find yourself envious, emulate and admire instead. So, lesson learned…again. And I got inspired to find ways to play with Mena that would excite us both.
The other day I was about to toss a tissue box. I loved the pattern- cheery dots. I cut it up and taped it together and made Mena a little house. She was thrilled! She rounded up a few small animal toys and tried gamely to get them in, but they were still too big. Still, she was clearly smitten with the house.
Yesterday I had another thought. I have a stack of business cards with outdated info on them I’ve been using as scrap paper. I grabbed bunch of them and started drawing people. A mommy, a daddy, and the always popular baby. I cut them out, leaving tabs at the bottom that I curled into ring-stands and taped- easy. Mena was enchanted- the people fit into the house, plus she could color them. She demanded more people, more babies, dogs. Soon the whole family was participating- Mommy and Daddy drew, Mena colored and arranged them in the house.
Later that day, Cecil told me she came up to him, showed him a handful of the little people and said proudly-‘Daddy, I MAKE!’. Which to me, is a pretty swell thing.

tissue box house with original tenant

tissue box house with original tenant

The happy family, complete with chicken

The happy family, complete with chicken

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