Our church is hosting a Vacation Bible School this summer, as most do, and to assuage my guilt and feelings of inadequacy at being totally unable to voluntarily choose to spend my time with large collections of other people’s kids, I volunteered to do some of the prep work. I can cut, I figured – how hard can it be?
I guess I didn’t really know what was involved, and I’m glad I volunteered because no one should be stuck doing that alone, but let me give you a sample of my first cutting project:
-stacks of bristol board starfish and octopi and tentacles
-180 20″ lengths of plastic lacing
-90 5″ lengths of plastic lacing tied in slippery little knots
-180 felt octopus eyes (octopeyes?)
-90 felt octopus mouths
-felt flip-flop straps
-assorted eensy shapes to combine to make eensy balls
That was the first week.
Thankfully Carl was willing to be recruited and rigged up a fancy system to make the lacing spin so he could pull and cut continuously, undoubtedly making it much faster than it would have been if I had done it! If only his fingers weren’t too big to tie knots, since that is especially not my forte – I’m bad enough I even got out of the job for my own wedding invitations.
It was somewhat rewarding to see my stacks go into neatly shaped bits of crafts, in organized, labelled baggies, and I’ve only got a few things left, and those teeny knots to tie. I’m notorious for leaving the worst jobs for last and putting them off till the last minute, and then when I finally get to them finding they aren’t that bad at all…here’s hoping this is one of those times!
Regardless, feelings of guilt and non-nurturing inadequacy: successfully assuaged.