Froggy Went a Wooing. . .

I was in my Mom’s potting shed the other day. Well, it’s not really a shed because it’s on the second floor of her barn, separated by a wall from my Dad’s woodworking shop (don’t get me started).


And I spied this froggy, which I haven’t seen in forever:


I made this froggy with my own two hands. He’s supposed to be totally green except his eyeballs and his bottom lip and chin. So what’s wrong with his color? I made him in 7th or 8th grade art class and I don’t think the kiln was hot enough for him to keep his color over the years. Even though he wasn’t perfect even after I made him, my Mom has treasured him and placed him in various places inside and outside over the years. Some of his little toes have been chopped off over the years. But I worked hard on this frog, and it warms my heart that my Mom still has him. Just like a Mom or Dad to treasure something a kid makes for her or him, isn’t it!

What did you make for your Mom or Dad when you were a kid that they treasure or treasured?

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mon@rch
    Nov 17, 2007 @ 12:10:12

    I remember making ashtrays, Christmas decorations, etc… Nice frog that you have here Pam (I do agree that it has lost some color though)!


  2. Pam
    Nov 17, 2007 @ 13:17:02

    Mon@rch – oh yeah, I forgot about the ashtrays. I never made one of those since nobody smoked at my home, but the froggy appealed to me! Yeah, he definitely has shed most of his color! LOL!


  3. Cathy
    Nov 17, 2007 @ 20:05:26

    Oh Pam – this is so sweet – that stalwart frog who never leaves his post. Awwww . . .

    I think mom has this rather awkward mug that I made as a kid. I’m a little prouder of a water color I did in my early 20’s. It hangs i her guest bedroom.


  4. lizalee
    Nov 18, 2007 @ 03:13:23

    That’s lovely! As an Air Force brat who moved around a LOT as a kid, I don’t think there is much that my mom saved of my childhood. As a consequence, I have to struggle not to save every piece of paper my children touch. 🙂 -llm.


  5. jayne
    Nov 18, 2007 @ 08:56:09

    When I was around 13 or so I took painting lessons… oils. They still have two canvases I painted proudly framed and hung on their walls as if they are Monets. :c)

    I love your little frog!


  6. Pam
    Nov 18, 2007 @ 09:08:19

    Cathy – Have we seen a pic of the water color you did? I’d like to see it. It’s so nice when your Mom still has your stuff out, isn’t it?

    Lizalee – I can imagine you would want to save everything! My Mom narrowed it down to a box for each of us. She actually gave me the box a few years back and it is in my attic.

    Jayne – That is so cool! I’d love to see your two pieces if you ever want to show them to us!


  7. Linda
    Nov 18, 2007 @ 10:24:33

    My parents kept everything we made. Each of us 5 kids had a large box. When my mother died my dad gave us our boxes back as he moved and didn’t have any storage. It sure was fun seeing the bluebird I painted in kindergarten. I still like the bluebird best of all the birds.


  8. Pam
    Nov 18, 2007 @ 13:33:02

    Linda – I love your bluebird story. I bet it is a beautiful painting! I love children’s art.


  9. The Zen Birdfeeder
    Nov 19, 2007 @ 14:55:19

    What a fun memory to invoke!
    My mom kept a plaster cast of my handprint that I made in 1st grade (47 long years ago!) She took loving care of it until she passed away and now it is in my care. I am so grateful that I have it today.
    Thanks for sharing your story.


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