I thought I would be staring at my unopened Charles Gregor surprise ball for at least a couple of months before I NEEDED to open it but, unfortunately, I only had it for two days when I needed my Surprise Ball fix. I opened it on December 14th, 2012...the day of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.
When I hear sad news on the radio, I'm sure I re-act like everyone else does - we shake our heads in despair and maybe say a quick prayer for those who are affected. Then we go about our business as usual; maybe even forgetting about it until we hear about it in the news again. But the Sandy Hook shooting was just too much for me. I can't believe how much I cried for those poor babies and teachers. Maybe it's because I also work in a school and because my children are not much younger than those who passed. I wish I could send a million surprise balls to the survivors and friends and families of the victims, but I know even that can't heal the pain they are going through.
By removing a small cardboard disc underneath a couple of layers of paper, I was able to open the bottom of the swan without completely destroying it (which is something I intend to implement in some future designs of my own). So I'm still able to enjoy the artistic effort that went into creating this beautiful swan.
Here are the small prizes that helped lift my spirits that day: a paper parachute jumper, an Italy eraser, a plastic swan, a whistle, a raffia-like lei, an hourglass (with wood shaving filling), a jumping bean, a pipe, a horse, a set of flowers, and a yo-yo.
Let me know if you would like a special surprise ball created just for you and you too can experience "Surprise Ball Therapy" (tee-hee, I just made that up...and I like it!)