Yarn bombing has been around for awhile. I remember the thrill I got when I saw my first knit-covered establishment in Seattle six years ago and then again when we first explored downtown Colorado Springs. It was a fun surprise. It made me happy that there were people out there who intentionally created something unexpected to make the rest of us smile. It felt like getting snail mail from an old friend or someone dropping by with coffee. It felt thoughtful.
After school I gathered some yarn I haven't touched since Ruby was born, pipe cleaners from the craft stash, and the pine cones we used as name card holders for Thanksgiving. They were collected from our park two weeks ago so I thought it fitting that we wrapped them in yarn, tied the pipe cleaners to them and gave them a new purpose. All the other pine cones still laying on the ground were so jealous.
We headed to the park with a bag full of ornaments and a stool and made a few more while we were there. The kids helped hang a few before heading back to play. I always find it interesting how little kids hang all of the ornaments in one spot.
After they had their fill I spread them out a bit and used the stool to get a bit higher with the rest. I tightened the pipe cleaners so they wouldn't blow out of the tree and can't wait to see if they're still there in a week.
I asked Sebastian why he thought we did this project and he said, "To make people feel happy."
It sure made me happy.
We'll probably go back plenty of times in the next two weeks and then finally take them down because all good installments make a graceful exit.
Remember that day the kids and I wrote affirming notes and hid them all around downtown Colorado Springs after being inspired by Andrea's own beautiful shenanigans? Afterwards we heard from a friend that her co-worker's friend found one. The fact that someone found one and shared it with someone else who shared it with someone else and it got back to us made me so happy. It also reminded me that it's so easy to share joy and that it can come back to you and be rubbed off on other people on the way.
So, I'm already making a short list of other ways our family can share joy with those around us in fun and surprising ways. If you've got any ideas or stories about your own experiences I'd love to read them in the comments.
I'm hoping to execute one project a week in the month of December and I'm calling it...duhn, duhn, duhn...Sharing Joy. We'll be sure to report back here after each project in hopes of inspiring other good ideas. Feel free to join us in your own shenanigans!