Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Fortune Cookie Knows

Normally, my girls and I eat out once a week.  It's on a day when we have something to do and won't be home until about 7ish.  This week, our schedule is a bit off so when the idea of cooking dinner last night came up, the three of us looked at each other and shrugged.

We went out for Chinese, one of our usuals.  All was going well when the fortune cookies arrived.

A's was pretty generic.  M's was philosophical.  I got the good one:

"Now is the time to try something new."  I listened.

Today I started my first (of many, I hope) class at Creative Metalworks School of Design.  The way this came about is odd - or usual for me.  I found a class of interest at Montgomery County but that was going to be a tough one to pull off.  So I remembered that about 10 years ago, we went to the White House Easter Egg Roll with a couple of other families - one of whom is a jeweler.  It took a bit to remember his name but I searched and found him. An email later, he recommended this class.  I went and met with Michael, the owner and instructor. I knew I found the place for me.

I got to hammer stuff, use a torch, dip stuff in acid, hammer more stuff, sand, polish, ask questions, feel stupid, understand things and feel smart again.  I got to use my brain in a way I haven't for a while.  I made mistakes and learned stuff.  I. Learned. Stuff!!!  And used fire!!

I started with a scrap of metal and ended up with this:

I'd like to say I made that but really I helped make it.  The design is mine (hammering stuff!) but Michael did the soldering and explaining of it all.  I have another one I'll work on again next week, maybe with a little less help.

It's been a while since I've been this excited.  Next week, more hammering!  More fire!  More being creative!

1 comment:

  1. WONDERFUL! I am so excited for you! Way to make things happen!