I find it incredible how lines drawn in certain sequences can illicit such visceral responses within us. The way we interpret language, words and symbols on a page, is truly a wonderful gift.
Imagine that shy kid in school. He sees the pretty girl everyday around school, in class, in the cafeteria. He wants to talk to her, but…How?
Check “yes” or “no” has started more than a few happy relationships.
Their first expression of love started on paper.
Or imagine, after that shy kid in school has grown up a bit. That pretty girl, now his wife, let’s him know the family is about to get a bit bigger. Suddenly, that one-room apartment just won’t do.
So they sit down at the dinner table, staring at a blank sheet of paper. They talk, discussing the future. Slowly, walls start taking shape on the paper. Here’s where the kitchen will be. We’ll want the laundry near the baby’s room. The living room should definitely face west to catch the sunsets.
The dream house started on paper.
Some years go by, that shy boy and that pretty girl, now parents to 4 beautiful, lively children, gaze in wonder at their refrigerator, covered in paper. Each sheet, held on by an alphabet magnet, a tribute to the love and happiness of not just a house, but a home. One sheet is covered in a cacophony of scribbled crayon, an explosion of orange and blue and purple and green. Another sheet, has a child’s drawing of 3 people, labeled “Mommy”, “Daddy”, & “Me” with a bright yellow sunshine smiling down.
The love of a home, expressed on crinkled construction paper.
More years pass, that shy boy and that pretty girl, now grandparents to an ever expanding number of grandkids and great-grandkids, sit alone in that happy, love-filled dream house that holds so many memories. In his hand, he holds a photo. In that photo, 21 faces are smiling back. Each one is saying the same thing – that paper note, passed in school by that shy boy to that pretty girl, so long ago, was just the beginning of something wonderful.
Yes, good things do start on paper.