Most everyone can tell you about a pet they remember. But with the Silverado group, it helps to have books and photos to prompt the memories.
Funny stories...and some sad memories, too.
Sometimes sharing about a missed pet can bring the mood of the group down. That can be okay for a moment, if the group is supportive and more positive stories follow. But sometimes we need a little distraction, like listing famous pets in movies...or talking about people resembling their pets...or some kind of project.
I thought a puzzle making project using old calendars would be a good plan. Once again, we could have fun making something and then I could deliver to the kids at the Women's Shelter.
But no one really liked the idea of cutting up these cute kitty pictures. So that idea didn't go far.
But the very best kind of distraction...
Is a REAL PET! Silverado has a lot of resident animals! Floppy is a recent member of the Silverado family!
We cleared all the books and clutter off the quilt...
...and spent the remainder of our group time letting Floppy explore one end of the quilt to the other! This is the first time the quilt has had an animal visitor!
Seeing and touching a soft and spunky bunny can quickly change the energy in a room! No more post lunch yawns when Floppy started hopping in all directions. Childlike expressions and mother like hands of caution...when the bunny got too close to the edge! We are never too old to be delighted by animals!
For 20+ years children have called it the Magic Quilt. They've danced and pretended all over these colorful squares. I've dragged it to schools, shelters and studios where children have climbed on top to hear Magic Quilt Stories and to act them out.