Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Plan A and B.

Today I had the privilege of being a volunteer in JJ's classroom. (He's informed me that he's okay with either Joe or JJ.  Now I'm confused.  I think he is too! Ha!)  They were painting little squares of silk.  It was gobs of fun.  I wish every day could be like that.


As we watched the instructor's demonstration, she explained as she went. She was showing how you transfer this watery, colored ink onto the silk, after you've applied a sticky substance called gutta, in the outline of your design.  The gutta works to wall off the inks from one another so that you can create patterns and pictures.
 As she talked, she shared how mistakes can happen.  She told of a woman who was creating a beautiful masterpiece onto the silk.  She had carefully painted in a landscape, flowers, and a pretty patch of sky... but then, a drop of red from her paintbrush fell onto the sky, completely ruining the lovely landscape.  She clutched her head in despair, convinced one drop of the wrong color had destroyed something that was meant to be so beautiful. 


After some time, they devised a plan.  They turned that little spot of red into a ladybug, sailing through the air, and she liked it so well, she created a few more ladybugs here and there, onto her silk.

The instructor then said something I loved, and I'm paraphrasing.  "If plan A suddenly isn't going to work out for you, plan B can often be even better."  It made me think.  Isn't that just like life?  Things are going along, as you carefully planned.  And then bam!  Out of no where, a drop of red ink falls into YOUR master plan and you have to decide whether to scrap the whole thing, or bend and see what direction you are being led. 

I do believe that's called makin' lemonade out of life's lemons.

Indeed yes.




17 comments:

  1. As a person who just got a "big" ole blob of ink dropped right in my way--- this was a great post that I needed to hear! Thank you!

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  2. I have a JJ too (he's 6) and every time you post about your son's name I wonder what the future holds. Will I be calling my baby "Jim" someday? That's my father-in-law's name!

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  3. ...that's one of the things I so love about arts and crafts...creating something beautiful over what was supposed to be a mistake!

    and yes! indeed that is makin' lemonade out of lemons. :-)

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  4. Love this girl. And that artwork was good. I know when I paint I have to adapt and improvise around mistakes. Cause Lord knows I make them!!! Fun day:)

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  5. Fantastic! That's definitely me these days.
    But this silk art?...I'm intrigued!

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  6. Reminds me of the book "Beautiful Oops; a favorite at our house. http://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Oops-Barney-Saltzberg/dp/076115728X

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  7. Love that! There is sooo much to learn from the process of making art. :) Thankd for the reminder...And yes, plan B has been pretty great!

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  8. lol... i had to ask becky if joe was jj.

    so often i think my plan is A, and HIS is B. oh if my heart could be in-step with HIS. then maybe my plans would be HIS! beautiful TRUTH here, friend.

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  9. I am finding this so true in my own journey!! How do you always have the words that speak directly to my heart at just the right time???

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  10. Yes that is very true! Thanks for sharing that. :-) Have a blessed day!

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  11. This was a good class day, didn't think you'd be a student what a great lesson just for you life is all about improvising, adapting and changes we never know how it will turn out and waste way too much time trying to keep it perfect.
    Have a great day!

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  12. I'm looking so forward to next year when I can be in the classrooms with Lydia and Seth...for some strange reason Luke's middle school teachers don't want moms hanging out in class with their kids. :) HAHA.

    Looks like you had so much fun in class with him...and you were reminded of a great lesson, too. :)

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