The stores are usually busy with young (and older) boys, not too many girls, with parents and sometimes grandparents in tow. Fragments of conversation drift through the store. "I really like this one, grandpa;" "Do you have the XYZ fighter, freighter model?"; or "Please, please, please could I stay here longer?"
There is a certain enchantment with creating a smaller-than-life scene. In the past there were also models made from balsa wood, Erector Sets and Lincoln Logs. And encouraging such activities are good for kids, I think -- future engineers, architects and set designers are just some of the professions that a love of making models could lead to, plus just the pleasure of building these models.
When the Denver Post announced its annual Peeps contest, I was in! Peeps are those marshmallow, too sugary eatable figures which are made around certain holidays. Other cities have these contests as well. The idea is to make a diorama using Peeps with some theme connected with current events, Denver news, sports, etc.
"Peeps Visit Yves St. Laurent Exhibit at the Denver Art Museum" was my theme. I had seen the exhibit and was fascinated with the couture fashions. Seeing them up close and viewing them as works of art, which they are, gave me the idea.
|Peeps Visit the Yves St. Laurent Exhibit|
Re-reading my post this morning -- an idea for a short story came to my mind -- The main character is obsessed with making models -- creating small worlds in which she plays the major role to the exclusion of the outside world. Now this could go either way -- she hates Mr.X and creates a scenario in which he is murdered and he is in real life, or after months of being a recluse, she creates a positive scenario with herself as the main character and her diorama comes true. Happy ending. Hmm
All you real writers out there -- where do you get your ideas?