A pond and a duck… and stories.
Long before Christmas, Elizabeth had been talking about asking Santa for a ‘pond and a duck’ to play with. Really? a pond and a duck. and I would say she first brought it up probably about 2 months before christmas. Almost daily. I found it odd, but there you have it. She tells wild stories – and I figured it was for her storytelling. (and perhaps she has a duck + pond story at school, not sure) Anyways — Mid december, the kids wrote their letters to Santa. Elizabeth did NOT mention this. I thought ‘yes, we’re off the hook!’ (not because it’s not a good idea, but mostly because it’s really a ‘how will i get this for her??’ kind of idea) and then Alexandre asks for it. ?!
So …. I created a pond and a duck. (which I personally refer to the ugly duckling – though never to them — but i used the last of my yellow roving and it didn’t turn out so great. though with more roving I probably would not have managed better!) I sat one evening with my sponge and my stash of roving and needle felted until my piece looked like this. I broke my first needle at the very end (these break often, I just have never broken one before!) and decided it was a good time to stop.
We wrote both their names on the gift. Alexandre opens the box and says “A POND AND A DUCK — JUST LIKE ELIZABETH ASKED FOR!!” he very much could NOT remember asking for it. Do you think they’ll always look out for each other like this?
and on Sunday morning, we got an animated story including the duck and it’s pond. It was lovely. It involved most of the animals they have and snow. and spells. and Minnie Mouse – the fairy – coming down the rainbow. I wish I could bottle up Elizabeth’s incredible story telling skills. I wish you could be present for one of her stories — she involves those that come to her show. I wish more than anything that these amazing skills will remain with her, forever. It’s a fabulous skill the art of storytelling.