Like any other crafty person if I need something for a project I head to the craft store. I imagine a sculptor who does installations would head to the junkyard, or one who carves marble to a quarry. Like the 1960’s Hungarian joke stated “Shoe from the shoe-store”, right? Well, the other day I set foot in a tobacco shop to buy a lighter and was I in for a surprise!
I don’t smoke. In fact, my friends will tell you that I am a walking anti-smoking propaganda. Therefore, I have no idea what is specifically sold in a tobacco shop. I went in because I wanted to buy a lighter for our candles at home. So when I spotted a little bag with the figure of a pipe on it that read pipe cleaner I had an aha moment. Suddenly the scrambling puzzle pieces snapped together and I realized that pipe + cleaner = something you clean the (object) pipe with. That it is not in fact a fantasy word used for a craft item.
So lesson’s learned! I need to walk with my eyes open and keep an open mind. Even if I think something is obvious I need to step back and rethink things one more time. And maybe, just maybe not be so hard on myself. Because if I google the expression pipe cleaner all you will see are the colorful crafty versions, and not a pipe in sight. Which – honestly speaking – makes my heart quite joyful and happy.