Happy Birthday Ellie!
Day 1- Painting the Gift
Ford and Emma were the first members of the birthday committee to start working on Ellie’s gift. Each member of the birthday committee was intentionally chosen because of their interest in Ellie as a friend and their excitement about the birthday calendar.
Karen and Elena had prepared a watercolor and wood provocation for Ellie’s birthday, using blue and green watercolor. Both Ford and Emma took on the task with reverence as they shared the green and blue watercolor, carefully covering each piece of the wood with paint. As they worked they shared the following thoughts:
Emma: I’m wanna put blue
Ford: There’s blue on the bottom
Ford: Now let’s paint this side, I’m covering it!
Emma: oooooh, it’s painting! I want the blue one… 1...2….4… (counting the strokes of the brush)
Ford: Her (Ellie) gonna love it! We have to hide then it surprise!
After painting and cleaning, Ford noticed that some of the pieces on the tray were still unpainted. “Can I paint that?” he asked and he diligently filled in the empty space.
Day 2 - Decorating the Painted Wood
Day 3 - Arranging the Wood
By the third day of the Birthday committee, we had 4 beautifully painted and decorated pieces of wood. Ramsey and Fay took the time to arrange the three smaller pieces on the larger piece of wood and filled in empty spaces with more decorations. Ramsey took particular care to pick out buttons he thought Ellie would like, and arrange them in ascending size order on the side of the gift.