Monday, February 18, 2013

The Space Between The Stickers

I have a little boy in my class this year who takes stickers very seriously. ;)
It's very important business.
If you give him a sheet of stickers each one must be used and there is no satisfaction until he has used each and every one. On Valentines Day, I let the kids in my class decorate a makeshift tablecloth made of paper and I gave them all crayons and stickers to work with. As the kids peeled off various heart shaped stickers I began collecting the empty sticker backings to throw them away. After I had cleared most of them off the table and started walking towards the trash can, this particular little boy yelled out, "Ms. Sarah!! I want to use those stickers!"

I showed him what I had and explained that I was just throwing away the trash.. but for him, that wasn't good enough. He didn't really say anything but he carefully selected the things he wanted from my handful of "trash" and when back to his seat. I watched as he peeled the leftover sticker edging from the pages and carefully stuck the rest of his "stickers" to the tablecloth.

As I watched him admire his work I realized that he was absolutely right. Stickers are stickers... right? Whether it's the precisely cut out heart shapes or the stuff leftover when you remove them it's still a sticker. Just as when you cut cookies from dough... you don't throw the edges away... you roll it up and make the most of it. You use what you have and you make the most of what you've got to work with. To his mind it didn't matter that those weren't the actual stickers... it just mattered that they stuck.

A lot of times as adults we loose that ability to see the good in ALL that we have. We get caught up in wanting perfection and we forget that what we ALREADY HAVE still counts for good. :) When you think about it logically... maybe the best of the best is that perfectly cut out heart shape.. but what does that leave behind? The outline... of that very same cut out heart... and those hearts..
 Check out my post about creative ideas for re-purposing sticker sheets.

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