There are an awful lot of trees in our new house. Sammy recently made a birdhouse with his Papa, and it made me think about this most from last spring. I think it is time to make some more wind spinners with my wild child. Here is my original post, in case you would like to make some wind spinners too:
I set out to make a wind chime with Sam yesterday. I had a vision – and so did Sam. I thought we would use metal washers and metal paper clips and fasten them to some string and then a tree branch. But this little boy of mine has ideas of his own. He is certainly my free spirited, wild child. My little one who’s strong will is at time exhausting, though at other times exhilarating.
Today, while I was gathering up supplies to make a wind chime, my Sam decided we should first paint the washers. Simple enough, no problem – and I am always up for a splash of color. Next, he thought we should turn those washers into flowers – using colored paper clips as the petals. A beautiful idea – however then, I explained, the wind chime wouldn’t chime, because of the plastic coating on the paper clips. No problem he said. No problem — I suppose — we will make a wind chime that doesn’t chime.
So we sat on the deck for a very long time putting paper clips on washers. I suggested we put blue paper clips on the blue washers, pink on pink, and so on. Sam thought we should just do whatever we wanted. So we did. A multi-colored wind chime that doesn’t chime. But once we started adding the paper clips to the washers, I realized that it was looking very pretty. Beautiful really. I told Sammy so, and he told me that he knew it would.
Next we strung the washer flowers onto some string, and I was about to tie them to a stick when Sam decided we should paint the stick first. I couldn’t blame him on this one – painting sticks is great fun. Truly.
We then hung the washer flower strings onto the painted stick and put it in our biggest tree. And it looked beautiful. And then, the wind began to blow, and wouldn’t you know that these little washer flowers started to spin and spin and spin. And they looked stunning.
I said to Sam that we created a wind spinner instead of a wind chime. He then told me, actually, that HE created a wind spinner – but he thanked me for my help. And I was thankful I let him do it his way. My wild child.