When I first started this blog, I imagined it would be a dialogue, with lots of witty repartee. But let’s be honest here: I alone have been going on and on and on. I don’t know about you, but I, for one, get a little tired of me. Doesn’t anyone have something to say out there?
I know you read my blog (and let me say how deeply grateful I am that you do.) When I post it on Facebook, you all make lovely little comments. On Facebook. But take a gander at the comments on the blog: So often it’s ZERO. Nada. Nothing. So I ask myself, is it something I’ve said? Something I’ve done? Perhaps you don’t know how happy I’d be to hear from you. Or is it blogger.com? My own sister doesn’t follow me. She claims it’s too technically difficult. My mother claims she can’t find me on the “interweb.” Sheesh. I figured I’d at least have a dozen followers in relatives alone.
So now, officially, I say: Speak Up My Friends! Let your voices be heard. Let’s start with a leading question: How do you bring creativity into your life? I know you’re out there, because you are my friends and I know you are a creative bunch. (Even if you don’t acknowledge it yourself.) Don’t be shy. Tell me something creative you’ve done today, even if it’s nothing more than arranging parsley on the plate of food you served. Tell me how art fits into your life. Is it listening to a great piece of music, digging up a beautiful garden, painting your children’s room or, God help me, arranging a great themed party? I’ll even give you a few examples to get started.
One of my friends recently ran an end-of-the-year dress-up relay where 2nd graders had to race to change into different funny costumes. Just hearing about it made me smile all day long. When I was a girl, I vividly remember coming home to discover that my mother had re-purposed some cheap old furniture into a new-looking sofa, complete with painted croquet balls for the feet.
Children do it all the time. My 11-year-old son made flaming torches out of rolled construction paper to put above the door to his room. Another friend’s daughter made cupcakes that were actually fashioned to be the grass skirts of plastic hula-girls. (There was a lot of green frosting involved.) My sister’s children are constantly creating the most amazing paper ships, mansions, etc. for their stuffed animals. And my own 6-year-old has created an entire set of football player paper dolls and playing field. We know how to make stuff from a very early age. I think we are born with a need to create. Just because we’re not opening the paste jar as adults, doesn’t mean we aren’t creative in our every day life. Somehow, we’ve stopped calling it “creativity.”
So think about your day and what part was the most fun, the most inventive. Is it how you dress? How you eat? How you live? When you collect all of them together, life gets so much richer. Tell me about it.