Funny dog story! Do you or someone you know have an Australian Shepherd dog? If you know an Aussie, you know they have a boundless amount of energy and are smarter than many people. And, some of you will appreciate the motivation behind this story; the story of what happened when I organized the school crafts.
That is until the first Christmas season we had an enthusiastic, driven Australian Shepherd puppy. His curiosity could solve world problems. I left the storage tub in the basement when we decided to grab tacos before a night of tree trimming.
When we returned home I stepped in the “after party.” Funny story, it turns out Tanner inhaled every Fruit Loop based ornament and uncooked macaroni and glue Christmas tree.
Yes, Tanner threw up every pantry staple based ornament onto a dozen steps.
I lost any ornament with an edible candy or cereal.
And, we all broke into laughter because it was just so funny that this little Aussie puppy could enjoy the school crafts like I never did. It took a puppy’s curiosity and post-craft-edible-crash to appreciate all of those crafts and memories.
Thankfully, he didn’t eat ANY the school craft projects made from crayons and construction paper.
So a few years later I pulled the (non-edible) school crafts out from storage and created stacks for each child. I tossed more pieces of construction paper than I thought I could emotionally manage.
I had so many.. um.. beautiful pieces of art, clay projects, American flags, and “I love my mom ….” Mother’s Day cards. These school crafts brought me so many happy emotions and memories I knew it didn’t make sense to store them away for the kids to sort through years later.
These school crafts were meant to be enjoyed way past their refrigerator phase.
A few projects claimed year-round status like my daughter’s American flag she drew the morning of Tuesday, September 11th.
Some of their school crafts ended up in the yard, next to the path (next to my own creative piece of artwork last summer).