Where a Lot of It Began…

Posted: February 25, 2020 in Thoughts on art ministry and life
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If you’ve been here for any length of time, you know I love to build models. Cars mainly but I’ve been known to build just about anything. My latest project is kind of special. I know it looks simple, and truth be known, it was an easy build, but that’s now why I picked it up. I’ve often told you about my Nana. If I had to pick the one person who really kind of launched me creatively, it was her. She was one of those really cool people who just had a flair. Well when I was a kid, she and my Pappy would take my brother and I to the auction. My brother had the patience to sit in the auctions with my Pappy who was always looking for things he could sell at the flea market. I on the other hand couldn’t sit that long, so I went with Nana. She would always take me to the stands that surrounded the auction. I was about six or seven years old at the time and like many little boys I was really into dinosaurs. One day she took me into this toy store and I saw a shelf full of model dinosaurs. This was something I hadn’t experienced before, a dinosaur I had to put together. She let me pick one out. A Triceratops manufactured by a company called PYRO. I probably glued it together in a few minutes and no doubt I made a huge mess, but it also set me on the course, not just of building models but of another form of creative expression.

Well some time ago, I read that the Lindberg company had purchased the original PYRO molds and in fact this kit was pretty much the exact kit I built when I was six or seven. 50 years later, I built it again, just for sentimentality’s sake. I put a lot more detail into this one, but mainly it was like building a memory. I guess the reason I share this is to remind us all that we never know what will kindle the creative spark in someone else, so we need to make the most of every opportunity, and one more thing. There will come a time for most of us, when the people we love will be a fond memory. If you still have them, give them your time. Don’t put it off tomorrow. And of course, one day we will also be a fond memory, so make the most of today and of every opportunity to show love and maybe even plant a few seeds.

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