photo of me by David Pohl
I was very blessed having a mom who was crafty. She was a Girl Scout leader and a first grade teacher. She collected songs, dances and activities of all sorts for kids to enjoy.
A bit of wisdom I only see as wise after the years is that she was reticent to offer any judgement about creations. She wasn’t shy to offer alternatives or perspectives, but as far as judgements good or bad, or to praise, she offered indifference. I now understand she was protecting a freedom to create.
Sometimes we made paper hats at home. And making paper hats is an activity I’ve shared with others. Something important to know is nobody really needs instructions to make a paper hat. Somehow or another people, no matter the age, have some ideas. So all that’s needed is to provide some materials and the permission to make hats.
I’m not a particularly good paper party hat maker; some people just seem to be naturals. There is an old blog called Hats for Health still up. I had the idea that making paper party hats could be a way to raise money for worthwhile activities. So far I’ve had no success proving that true, but I still think there’s potential in the idea. What is certainly true is a group of people wearing paper party hats can make an occasion special. There’s a general levelling that happens when everyone is wearing a silly hat :)