When Noah Scalin wrote today’s Make Something prompt—“make something as big as you possibly can”—I suspect he had in mind creating something life-size. Huge. Outlandish.
But honestly, the very first thing that came to my mind was bubble gum.
I wanted to blow big bubbles. So, while out and about today, I picked up a few packs of Hubba Bubba. (Did you know they make Dr. Pepper-flavored gum?!) . And when the clock struck 5:00 p.m., I gathered the children and nanny to blow bubbles with me.
What fun! We worked the gum with our jaws, stretched it with our tongues, filled it with our breath. Some bubbles sucked right back into our mouths; others drooped to our chins or stuck to our noses. When we discovered that one piece of gum wasn’t quite enough, we impeded our speech by stuffing in a second. To get one another’s attention, we grunted. We used our eyes to express excitement, disappointment, awe, and joy.
Not one of our bubbles would break a world record (although the children had some impressive tries). But our bubbles were big enough.
Better yet, we made something important today. We made a memory that will last far longer than any wad of bubblegum.
And that’s big.