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Topic: Craft (as in handcraft) (02/08/07)
- TITLE: Won't She Love It?
By Amy Michelle Wiley
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Lissy used a ruler to put the smiley-face sticker in the exact middle of the construction paper card. She took an extra big handful of purple sequins as the teacher passed by with the tub. That was Momma’s favorite color. It would match the sparkles of the dresses she wore on the nights she left the house after Lissy was supposed to be in bed. The times she didn’t come back until the hill behind the house was starting to turn pink.
At the desk next to her, Jenna had written “i LOvE mOMm” with a bright red marker, all sloppy across the front of her card. Her mom didn’t care if everything was just right. The artwork reminded Lissy of the sloppy kisses Jenna’s mom would cover the girls with when they came home from school. Jenna’s mom hugged and kissed her kids every day. Lissy liked going to their house.
Lissy started to draw a butterfly on her card, but then thought maybe it would be too much like a bug. A few days ago she had brought a wooly caterpillar inside to show Momma, but she’d screamed and said a bad word. Then Lissy had picked some flowers to try to make up for it. At least Momma had pretended to like those. She’d only thrown them in the garbage when she’d thought Lissy wasn’t looking.
But this card, this card was just perfect. Lissy decided on little swirls for decoration and leaned back to survey her handiwork. Yes, surely Momma would like this. She just had to.
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