What did I last make? And what do I want to make? I have been thinking about such questions all day since receiving the #reverb10 prompt, but I really do not know what to say. If one of the characteristics of living in 2010 is living in a knowledge economy, I am certainly in the middle of that. Like most people, my job does not lead to me making anything, not in the concrete sense. I sit at a desk here at home. I sit at a desk in the office. And I stand or sit in various classrooms on campus with students reading, writing, talking, and thinking. None of this is a negative. I worked very hard to create this life for myself. But thinking about making things is a bit sad.
I was the kid who loved crafts. I would go to the county library and get books on how to make holiday decorations or things out of popsicle sticks, glitter, and glue. I also loved science experiments. I would check out books on those and make houses for insects or slugs, collect rocks or leaves, or mix things together to see what colors or smells I could create. Last Christmas, I actually tried to make something for the husband. I was going to decoupage a wooden box with photos from our trip to Russia. I bought the stuff to do it, but it did not go well. I just made a mess.
For some synchronous reason, I had a thought the other day that it would be neat to get a cheap, old bike at some garage sale, get a book (I need books before I can do anything), and fix it up. When we moved to our house in Ohio, I bought a cheap little side table at a garage sale and planned to strip the paint from it, stain it, and use it. I stripped some of the paint off, but that's as far as it got. I eventually threw it away. Now, I'm thinking I should have just decoupaged all over it, seriously.
So, I haven't really made anything in a while. I could spin this topic into something that works and talk about making a mess or making dinner or making progress, but I spent the day thinking about how I used to make things but do not anymore. If one of the goals for #reverb10 is to think of what we want the immediate future to be, then maybe I should be thinking of what I would make if I could, if I just decided to spend a day making something.