This morning Alice, Stephen and I drove up north, toward Cleveland, to visit Alice and Barney. Alice is one of Paul’s sisters and part of the reason for our Alice’s name. She’s a retired first grade school teacher and Barney is her husband of nearly fifty years.
Alice also has a favorite hobby – Origami.
Today she entertained us with a box full of butterfly balls. Stephen adored them! The rest of us had lots of fun, too.
A butterfly ball is a ball made of paper which one can hold on the palm of one’s hand and hit from below so that it flies up and separates in lots of origami butterflies. When four adults and one child are doing this all together the results are spectacular! And then one has the fun of making them again. Alice “néni” (a Hungarian term that means something like Aunt, but is applied to any older woman to whom one feels close but also wishes to show respect) was the only person who could reconstruct them quickly, though my Alice was getting better at it as we played with these lovely toys.
My sil Alice also put another sort of origami butterfly inside each ball.
Of course, origami butterfly balls were not the only entertainment. At the bottom of their garden was a large very muddy puddle which Alice néni rather easily persuaded Stephen to jump up and down in. Both two footed jumps and one footed were enjoyed. Many many times!
And inside, he had lots more fun with Alice and Barney’s large container of tennis ball sized multicolored plastic balls. They can be dumped out and repacked. And then dumped out and repacked. And then dumped out and……….
But you get the idea! And then bounced down the basement stairs and repacked there and brought up again. And then Alice showed Stephen her clothes chute just off the kitchen and he dropped plastic balls down that one by one to Barney who stood just beneath and egged him on with cries of , “More! More!”
Alice and Barney are really the perfect hosts who will do anything to please their guests, especially guests under the age of four or so.