Each year our church Awana program hosts a Carnival for the Clubbers and their guests. There is face painting, carnival games, a bounce house, and balloon animals.
I was asked to help with the balloon animals. Have you ever worked with balloons? It is crazy! There were 100 kids there and 2 of us tying balloons into dogs, giraffes, bunnies, swords, and hats. It was non-stop for 2 hours. Kids filled the room about 30-40 at a time. Face-painting was going on across the room while our fingers flew twisting and tying air-filled plastic tubes. There was an added bonus of a balloon POPPING right in front of a small child every now and again. They really enjoyed that! NOT.
About half way thru the activities, a little girl, who had waited patiently in line, stepped up. I asked her what animal she wanted.
"A Koala." What?
"I would like a koala." This girl about 5 years old.
"Honey," I replied, "I can only make a dog, a giraffe, or a bunny. I can also make you a hat if you like."
"Oh, okay. I'll take a bunny." she resigned.
"What color would you like?"
"Red, green, and yellow." She state with total confidence.
"Sweetie, I can only do one color."
"Oh." I was such an amateur. "Red."
The red bunny was made. As I handed my lowly work of art to this little girl, she looked it over.
"Shouldn't there be a twist right here to separate the ears?"
I see I have lots of work to do before next year!