9:00 PM Thursday and I’m tired. I am just putting the finishing touches on a colorful border that will go up along the shelf in our store. I am using some odd sized material and scrap lace that doesn’t come up to a yard. It will be neat, trust me. Anyway, just as I am about to finish, “the disruptor” (my husband) turns towards me and says, “Here” and he hands me a printed rectangle and some paper pieces he has cut out and laid on top of the sheet.
“What’s this? I ask. “Are we taking up paper dolls?” ( I get “the look.” Strike 1) “No,” he answers. “This is the floor plan for the layout of the linen store. I told you that I thought we should change the store around to give it a new look, so here’s my idea.”
“These tiny scraps of paper are your idea?” I asked with my usual incredulous look on my face. You would think I would know better. Strike 2
“No,” he said patently, this is the stores floor plan in scale. We are going to shift the pieces around on the paper until it looks the way we want it.
His idea has merit and I know it. Plan it out on paper before you just jump into something. He’s right in his thinking but, I hear myself saying, “It’s 9:30 in the evening. I have to be up at 6:00 AM – can this wait until tomorrow?” I knew the minute the words left my mouth – I was in trouble. The look on his face was similar to the first look he had when I told him I dented the car. Strike 3.
What I should have said was – “It looks great dear – let’s wait until tomorrow to work on it. Instead, we worked on it that night. Little scale pieces of cabinets and shelves, moved around on the paper until they were just right. The following morning I woke to find a completely different layout then what we had the night before. It figures. He always does this. By midnight, I was convinced he was saying yes only to humor me anyway.
The one thing I learned about all this is that you have to be able to visualize flat plans in three dimensions. I can’t when it comes to floor plans. That was frustrating to both of us, because I can see a dress pattern in three dimensions. I can see the finished dress or project when it is nothing more than a bolt of cloth, folded readied for cutting. It has to be genetics. I won’t go so far as saying that’s what makes us women, because there are many excellent men fashion designers, just as there are women architects. The significant trait is the ability to visualize in three dimension, regardless of the gender.
I still couldn’t visualize his plan on paper, but what he had done in anticipation of this, was build it out using our daughters Lego‘s. Now I could see it. What a great idea. Try it the next time you’re trying to figure out a room layout. Now if they could only make a dress pattern Lego, what a great world this would be.
Until next time, recycle, repurpose and stay green.