The sweetest of sweet things today...
For Christmas, Fruit Bat got a rock polisher. I was the genius who bought it for him, thinking, Oh, it'll take, like, a day to shine those pebbles up. He'll love this!
He did love it, yes, but the polishing cycle takes closer to three weeks. If you're lucky. So, for the past 21 days, give or take, we've had a rocks tumbling around a plastic cylinder in our garage. I tried not to think about the power we were using, or hear the constant grind as a slurry ground stones to glassy, little beads.
Finally, yesterday, it finished. We dumped out the rocks and Fruit Bat set right to work making jewelry. Necklaces, rings and keychains mostly.
He tucked one of the freshly minted necklaces into his backpack. When I picked he and his friend Anna up after school today, he handed her the necklace and said, "I made this for you."
"Thanks!" she said, sincerely delighted. I helped tie the cord around her neck.
We all trounced to my car and I thought, How beautiful. How innocent. In three or four years, maybe less, handing a necklace to a girl will be fraught.
But for now, it is just a small gesture of friendship.