Blair's younger cousin was going to celebrate her sixth birthday next month.
He wanted to get a special gift but had no idea what a six-year-old girl might
like. Besides, he did not have much money to spend on her present either.
day, Blair was at the public library trying to pick some interesting books
himself. The school holidays were approaching soon and he wanted to have a few
books to occupy his free time. He browsed through the shelves, looking at many
different genres of books. Then, he chanced upon the arts and crafts section. He
saw that there were many books on painting, charcoal sketching, clay modeling,
origami and so on.
As Blair scanned the books, one particular book caught his
eye. It was a book on balloon sculpting. Blair's idea of sculpting had always
been one that involved using a chisel to form a giant piece of rock into a
statue. He had never heard of balloon sculpting. Out of curiosity, he pulled the
book from the shelf and flipped it open. When he saw the pictures inside, he
realized that balloon sculpting was actually using balloons to twist them into
all sorts of shapes in order to create objects like a sword or a crown. As he
looked through the colorful pages, an idea struck him ! He could make balloon
sculptures for his cousin and her friends at her birthday party ! They ought to
love that ! Excited with his idea, he
borrowed the book.
At home, Blair told his mother about his idea. She agreed
that it was an amazing idea. In fact, she even offered to pay for the balloons.
That very day, Blair's mother took him out to buy some balloons to practice on.
Blair diligently followed the instructions in the book. At first, he had
difficulty twisting the balloons. He was afraid of bursting the balloons. When
he realized that the balloons were very stretchable, he was more relaxed. As he
practiced, he burst dozens of balloons but that never discouraged him. He
continued to work hard on it.
By the day of the party, Blair was pretty good
at balloon sculpting. Many of the children requested for all sorts of shapes. He
tried his best to give them what they wanted. Most importantly, his cousin love
his idea. that made all his hard work worthwhile.