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A birdy story


(中文👇) At Hugo's daycare, every time a boy or girl has a birthday, their parents would prepare a toy and a handful of sweets for the classmates. I found the intention beautiful and I like the culture of sharing happiness, but perhaps just because the focus is the intention, gifts are usually those that only last 2 or 3 hours in the hands of a child, on top of the plastic to warp up the sweets… I feel pity for the amount of garbage we produce.


Last Monday was my son's birthday, this time I wanted to celebrate his day without feeling sorry for the decision I made, but with more colors and creativity. I spent an afternoon at the weekend, made a flock of little birds with cardboard and recycled paper for Hugo's little friends, unique birds for each unique little life :)


On the other hand, I spent days thinking about the alternative to put in the sweets... until the day before, Sunday night, the idea came to me (like this 🤩)


The coffee filter!


A day like this, instead of being a consumerist and produce so much waste, if we could be more creative and careful, I think it is closer to the reason why we celebrate that day, isn't it?


在我兒的幼稚園,每當有孩子生日,壽星的爸媽就會準備一個小的玩具、一小包零食糖果,寫上孩子的名字送給班上的同學。習慣跟心意很可愛,但也因為重點是心意,所以玩具往往是一、兩歐元,大概三小時後就會壞掉或是不見的那種玩具;餅乾糖果也都包在塑膠袋裡⋯⋯心意是很好,但還是感到點可惜,每次有小孩生日就會多出許多不必要的垃圾⋯ 這個星期一是我兒子Hugo的生日,一直懶得進城去張羅禮物,又想到那份可惜的心情,不太想用買的。於是一直拖到上個週六,我靈光一閃,用家裡的閒置紙板、一個下午的時間,替他班上的小朋友跟老師,一人做了一隻可愛的小鳥!


也許鳥兒的壽命跟其他的玩具們沒有太大差異,但至少材料環境友善而且誠意滿滿,禮物所送出的心意一定會被記憶下來 (我自己都一直被可愛到變成這個😻臉戀愛) 本來也想去超市買些糖果,結果週六採買時忘了,週日只剩下平時採買蔬果的農夫市集有開,於是買了一些杏桃、蔓越莓果乾,一包兒童星星餅乾。手邊卻沒有袋子可以裝,試著用烘焙紙包,卻怎麼包都包不出體面的樣子,突然又一個靈光乍現—— 沖咖啡的濾紙!



把果乾跟餅乾包進去,用迴紋針夾起來,貼上笑臉貼紙,形狀像是一顆小小的粽子拿在手上 於是,想要避免製造太多垃圾的意念佔一半,懶得去買的懶惰也佔一半功勞,誤打誤撞搞了一個超級環保的生日送禮。 第二天幼稚園的老師跟我說,爸媽們跟我說謝謝,他們都很喜歡。我心裡也很暖,知道創作時所懷抱的祝福都飛進他們家裡了🕊️ 在一個慶祝生命的日子,用創造與照顧,取代消費與丟棄,我想也更符合慶祝這個日子的本質吧!





 


🌟兩個月後的後續故事新增🌟


有一天隊友去幼稚園接孩子的時候,正好看到老師拿了一個紙箱從教室裡走出來,裡面裝了20隻跟我做的一樣的彩色小鳥,準備掛在中心的走廊作為春天的裝飾。


老師還跟隊友說:「因為我們真的太喜歡這些小鳥了!」


*學校的走廊上,掛滿了隨風飄動的小鳥



記得那陣子我正好身體不適,在家低落了好幾天,聽到這個消息,就像知道我的善意(還有鬼點子👻),都跟著送出的小鳥一起飛到別人的心裡了,讓當時世界很黑白的自己,再次被也被點亮了✨




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