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As I’ve written about previously, Scott and I are fortunate to have a little place in Mexico. It’s in a small fishing village on the Pacific Coast near Punta de Mita. It is populated by an amazing community of people, both local and ex-pats.
One of my favorite aspects of spending time here is the opportunity to hang out with the kids at the local church on Saturday making crafts!
Being this past Saturday was Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be fun to share some "sweet" crafts with the kids. We made chocolate kiss roses and cupid quivers filled with pixie stick arrows. As always happens when I am lucky enough to spend time with these children, we discover that creating together eliminates all boundaries: age, gender, and language. Alhough I’m working diligently to learn to speak Spanish, I'm nowhere near fluent enough to teach a room of 50 kids. You'd be amazed, however, to see what can be accomplished with just a few simple demonstrations.
I had a wonderful young translator to assist with some of the trickier aspects of the craft, but for the most part, the kids picked it up without much trouble at all. In fact, with the help of some of my amigos I was able to come up with a much simpler, much faster way to create the cupid quiver Instead of creating a bottom out of tape, we pinched it closed, much like we would in the first step of creating a TP tube maraca. Once sealed the ninos went to town covering with duct tape and stickers and adding a strap. The final result was even cuter than the original!
One of my amigos!
Crafting with these children is quite different than working with crafters in the US. They just don’t have the same attitude and preconceptions as American kids. The older boys, even those around 11 and 12, were having as much fun as the little ones. Young children, no more than 3 or 4, jumped right in - with the aid of the older children and adults of course. The words, “I can’t” (or in this case “no puedo”) weren’t uttered once. Instead, they watch, or puzzle it out, or ask for help. It is a breathe of fresh air. Much different than US children who often say " I don't understand" before you have finished your explanation.
One thing is certainly universal though: the pride that a child feels when they’ve completed their project. The smiles were huge as one-by-one children came up to show us their treasures. That’s something that spans every gap imaginable: the “I made this” bridge.