But what do you do when life pokes you in the eye? Not a vicious jab, but an annoying Three Stooges poke meant to remind you that you’re not altogether financially in charge?
Case in point: Bossy’s daughter was given a project for social studies. She is making a diorama of Homo heidelbergensis for her unit on hunters and gatherers– and who misses Middle School social studies?
The shoe box: check. Lord does Bossy’s house have shoe boxes.
But the other stuff— the materials to make a cave-like thing and various boulders and lots of little hunters and gatherers– those materials needed to be purchased.
And so off Bossy’s daughter and husband go to Michaels craft store, whose slogan is, “Where Creativity Happens,” even though Bossy knows something else that happens there: spending.
The total bill came to $22.24
$22.24 for a glob of clay and a mess of styrofoam balls. And one glue stick and one small tube of grey paint. And maybe a 3 Musketeers happened.
$22.24 for a class project.
The funny thing about creativity is how much the little extras necessary for execution add up. Bossy was always into making her own Christmas presents and holiday accoutrement. She painted light switches, she framed photos, she made lamps from marsh reeds– but truth be told, none of these things were necessarily easier on the wallet than other choices.
It’s certainly something to think about this holiday season, you crafters. In the meantime, Bossy will be trying not to purchase a bag of cloves to stick in a million oranges, and she’ll be returning one 5″ styrofoam ball for $4.49.
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