Ode to a homemade snow globe (anytime)

January 12, 2009

snow-globeI was not yet seven years old, but I already knew that the measured drift of the little cottony particles foreshadowed what the heart would feel in moments of great joy. Time slowing, expanding a lingering graceful ballet, and when the last snowflake has come to rest, we know we have experienced a suspension of time that is the sign of a great illumination. As a child I often wondered whether I would be allowed to live such moments—to inhabit the slow, majestic ballet of the snowflakes, to be released at last from the dreary frenzy of time. — Renee Michel in The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Yesterday we finished our own snow globe, made with the tank from an old humidifier, a LEGO streetscape set and crushed egg shells. M. carefully drew a street and grass onto the base of the tank before I glued in the figures and the street signs. We’d been saving shells from hard-boiled eggs all week, and late yesterday afternoon the glue was dry enough for us to add them, then fill the tank with water and seal it up. It’s nobody’s idea of a work of art, yet even our simple creation seems to match with Barbery’s beautiful text, and we’ve been joyfully watching our eggshell snowflakes settle over and over and over again.

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