August 20, 2004

A Gift from my Father

Better here;

Okay, after two days of cleaning work, my back is hurting again; it isn't spasming this time, so I was able to actually work, but I needed to rest. I'm laying on a heating pad (thank you dh!) and trying to rest when I hear some yelling downstairs, and the Monkey comes up to me crying.

She broke my wood dog. She pulled on the Artist, unsettling her as she was trying to put something on the shelf, and the Artist's arm struck the dog and it came tumbling down.

This is a favorite piece sculpture of mine, because the artist is my father. He carved it from a single piece of wood in the shape of my Basset Hound. It wasn't a perfect rendition of a Basset Hound, but it was very well made, he most likely could have gotten some money from it, but even if he wouldn't be able to I loved it---my father made it for me. It was a keepsake treasure, one I hope to pass maybe with the help of some glue.

Now it is earless and tailess and yes I'm upset; but yelling about it to the Monkey won't help; she was sorry for what she had done, in tears over it. So I hugged her and told her it was okay, maybe we could glue it. I suppose I could ask him to make me another one, but I think that would leave him hurt that it was broken.

And I'm hurt, and angry.

This was a gift from my father.

Posted by Rachel Ann at August 20, 2004 04:29 PM

Don't ask him to replace it. Even broken it's still special. Maybe ask him to help fix it. Depending on how big it is he can pin or dowel it so it'll be strong. Just glue doesn't work well for ears and tails.

Posted by: Jim at August 20, 2004 04:49 PM

Krazy Glue type stuff should work pretty good. I've used to repare some of my clay pieces. The good thing about clay is it breaks nice and cleanly and you can fit the pieces together and not have any obvious seams. With wood, I imagine you've got some splintery edges and jagged strands going here and there that might need to be sanded down. Either way, it should be good therapy to put it back together with the kids; just don't let them touch the Krazy Glue!

Posted by: Tuning Spork at August 21, 2004 07:41 PM

I don't think he can pin or dowel it; it is hand size and the appendeges that broke off are very small. Plus he is in the states; I would have to send it to him. It will have to be crazy glue.

And having the kids participate is a good idea; though maybe I should glue the Monkey's hands together (Rachel Ann contemplates this briefly). What I might do is use plastic gloves; that will prevent accidents; to which the Monkey is, quite obviously, predisposed.

Posted by: Rachel Ann at August 22, 2004 05:34 PM

All those suggestions were the ones I was going to make. So, instaed, I'll just say I'm sorry about your dog and I'm impressed you managed to keep your temper about the whole thing, especially considering that you must have been sooo tired at that point.

Posted by: RP at August 23, 2004 01:03 PM
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