My son is elbow deep in goo--papier-mâché goo, that is (thanks, spell-check for the backup on that one). With help from online instructions and some pretty entertaining DIY videos on YouTube, he has transported me back to a childhood I don't even remember having. Did I ever even make anything out of this magical concoction of flour and water and newspaper, or is the reality that I only ever heard about it?
In any case, I can't help being slightly amused by the goo and his
immersion in it, and before long, my hands are almost elbow deep as
well. In a life that usually has our fingers create with only the
keyboards of our smartphones, immersion in goo is a refreshing change.
The goo event has come about because of a school assignment--perhaps
that has always been the case with papier-mâché. What I am curious to
see is whether this adventure in goo leads to more of them. The making
of something out of nothing, the willingness to get a little messy and
discover things you never did before. With papier-mâché creators
offering online videos just like gamers, perhaps what started as a
school project will become a kind of hobby. For today, I'm just enjoying
being in the thick of it.