“What’s something I say a lot?” I asked Mary.
I was reading another person’s post on Facebook that contained a list of questions parents can ask their children to get funny answers.
I knew I was in trouble when Mary answered, “I’ve suddenly forgotten everything you’ve ever said.”
“Really?” I asked.
“My mind just goes blank sometimes,” she said. “Once in geometry class, the teacher asked me a question and I told that I had just forgotten everything I ever knew about angles. She thought that was pretty funny.”
Mary’s answers revealed that she recognized my penchant for coffee.
- Q: What makes me happy?
- A: Coffee.
- Q: What makes me unhappy?
- A: Lack of coffee.
- Q: What’s my favorite food?
- A: Is coffee considered a food?
And that she understood how important home is to me
- Q: If I could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
- A: Home
But one answer definitely needed more explanation.
- Q: What’s my favorite thing to do?
- A: Cut pictures out of children’s books
Yes, this is true. But it may not be exactly as it sounds.
I’ve been playing with collage, and using old picture books — the ones with pages falling out, or colored on, or ripped — and cutting out the pictures to use in my collages.
For Christmas, our place holders didn’t have names on them, just pictures that made me think of that person. To make 20 place-cards required a lot of pictures. Mary watched me spend a lot of time snipping. And she saw me get excited whenever I found a beat-up copy of a favorite book.
Some of my cut-out pictures have made their way onto cards. Quirky cards, at best. The possibilities are infinite when combining children’s books.
A dear friend (and recipient of one of these strange cards) sent me a stamp so I can add my name to the back of the cards and make them official.
They are made with love.
And often while sipping a cup of coffee.
Mary can attest to that.