Willpower over Wiltpower
Livi and I work on a lot of crafts together, which normally doesn’t merit a blog post. But I feel compelled to write about a recent experience. The goal was to make a butterfly doing a “sequin-by-number” project in which you glue sequins onto a gridded sheet. It’s a safe guess to assume that this is not something you knock out in 15 minutes but what you don’t know until you get started is that the little sequin suckers seem to want to stick to each other and your fingers more than the paper. Which is probably why there is a plastic tweezers included, which allows you to slide them around a bit and determine once and for all that you’d probably make a lousy surgeon.
I have to admit I wasn’t too keen on something so flashy and time-intensive, but Livi was up for starting it. Not surprisingly, we were less than halfway done when the frustrations and bickering began. So we wisely put it away for another day. And that was the first lesson: Rome wasn’t built in a day, after all. Feeling refreshed a few days later, I thought about pulling it out, to lead the charge on finishing what we had started. But then I decided life (specifically, my life) was too short to spend on sequins.
A day or two later an interesting thing happened: Livi wanted to finish it. And I offered the easy way out, saying we should do something that we enjoyed more. But she insisted (she does that well) and together, we clumsily yet determinedly finished the project. Our smiles were as bright and sparkling as the glare given off by a thousand sequins! And now when we see it on her bookshelf, we’re both reminded not just of our sticky fingers but of our stick-to-itness.
Warning: You’ll need your sunglasses to view the finished piece!