This past weekend, I was doing radio hour at my family’s church, when my son walked over to a scale model that was created by a former member from 1960-1962. Its a full recreation of the church inside and outside. The model not only took nearly two years to create, but it was not known what the creator was going to do with it. He had it on display in his house for several years before his death. His son took possession of it until his death a few years ago and the estate fell to his children. After viewing it, they didn’t find any need for it, and luckily took it back to the church where it is on display now. It was said most likely it was going to be given away at a garage sale or thrown out all together after being discovered and cleaned up. After viewing seeing it on display the last few years, it is almost heart breaking to thinking that being thrown out was ever an option. Especially, when it was built right after the creator made a model garage for his oldest grandson back in 1960.
Sad to say, even in this day and age of digital and maker space society, we tend to throw things out. We either delete a file, recycle an device or tend to put something down after putting hours into it and never look at it again. While, parents and guardians still exist that save every thing their student or child creates (my mom still has a few of my art items from grade school). We do have a feeling that what we create is just for a grade or participation and once it has been finished, that’s all she wrote, but the story doesn’t end there. What we create in the classroom ether as a lesson, project or even as homework does have a meaning to us. We can spend hours of time, creativity and even sweat creating something and we all know it doesn’t always work out after all of that.
However, we do know the learning will remain with us no matter what happens. You know, I still proudly have my first App Dice in my home office on top of the shelf near my computer. While I have created quite a few over the last two years, that still remains a pinnacle of something I created, that I have seen shared and been the model for many teachers and students in the classroom. My wife still keeps a poster board of a project she did for speech class in that same office from her freshman year of high school and when we look at it. Its very inspirational of not only the work that was put into it, but also what you can still draw from it today.
I know right now my own son, who is now five and ready to start kindergarten in the fall has created a few foam magnet creations that we have on our refrigerator that will be used until the end of time and has inspired a few of my 3D prints of late. The point I’m trying to get at, is that you can’t look at a lesson, project or hobby as a one time deal. Even a simple thing like creating a word activity using something as simple as a story dice can lead to inspiration and creativity for years to come. Much like the scale model of the church, even though it was made almost sixty years ago, it continues to be inspiration for creativity, wonder and others going: “I want to make something like that, but do it my own way.”
If you can inspire something like that, even if its just a word, then you have succeeded in creating something, that will stand the test of time.