On Christmas Eve I bought a gingerbread train kit because I thought it would be fun to put it together- well, I thought it would be fun to watch my nieces and one of my sons put it together.
All three of them are very artistic- so I had this idea.
Would they do a bang up job because they’re all artists? Or would they not do a bang up job because they’re artists?
It started out well enough- though I did notice that they weren’t paying attention to the directions ( which are on the back of the box as you can see here). They seemed to be taking direction from the picture on the box. They’re all visual, so that made sense.
They divided up the tasks and sort of organized the pieces of gingerbread. They were off to a good start.
My dog, Hamish didn’t seem to be interested in the gingerbread or the candies. I took that as a sign and made a note to myself not taste anything.
Somewhere in this directed creative process, my artists went off the rails- they started to have fun. They started to play with the royal icing, they tried played with the pieces of gingerbread and fit them together because it looked right and they didn’t use the tray that would have pretty much made them build the train in one direction and one direction only.
They joked and laughed they had a great time with each other and we had a great time watching them.
So how did it turn out?
I wanted the little heart design and I got it.
This is what I learned.
My family has a great sense of humor.
I guess what I wanted to share here is that creating your art should be an experience- so we botched up the train- except for a few pieces. But this sad little train that my dog wouldn’t eat, this poor little train whose whereabouts are unknown ( only because ‘landfill’ covers a massive area in our neck of the suburbs ) is going to live forever in our family lore.
Our story won’t be, ” We built a gingerbread train and everyone liked it so much we hated to put it away. ”
This story is going to be epic- it’s going to grow in telling every-time we build gingerbread houses or decorate Christmas cookies.
That’s what being creative is all about.
It’s a process, it’s a story, it’s a journey.
It’s also a lot of fun, if you’re willing to go there.