Did anyone else watch the National Championship last night?
I wasn’t going to.
I mean….I didn’t really know either of the teams and I had projects to work on and after all….I had Downton Abbey taped.
And then my husband was watching the game and cheering for Ohio State and he told me the amazing story of the Ohio State third-string quarterback and how he had been the starting quarterback for only two games this year after the first and second string quarterbacks got hurt…..
….and now he was playing in the national championship.
I was hooked.
It was like a movie straight off the Hallmark channel.
Would he overcome the almost insurmountable obstacles and the challenge of being the focus of the national spotlight and Oregon’s mighty defensive line….
….to lead his team to victory.
I sat spell-bound for the next two hours. He threw a touchdown. Then there was a fumble.
And then under the stadium lights with the eyes of the nation upon him…”the little engine that could” put the exclamation point to the end of a three game season with his team’s decisive victory.
Never underestimate an underdog.
Kind of like the wood bench in the kitchen.
Long ago in a land far away I found it in the trash bin. You might have seen benches like this before. They are at every yard sale and thrift store across the nation.
Except usually they aren’t painted white.
Instead they are some sort of strange wood color and covered with cut-outs that resemble something like this.
You might want to turn away and cover your eyes and say a prayer of thankfulness that 1990 has left the building.
Good thing it left plenty of heart benches to go around.
Here’s an easy fix for the next time you need a bench and you find one at a yard sale of people who haven’t figured out you can cover the heart.
So the bench will be a bargain.
Start with balsa wood and a piece of molding (both can be found at any craft store), scissors and glue.
Cut a piece of balsa wood with scissors into a square big enough to cover the heart.
Glue the balsa wood over the heart.
Then glue a piece of molding on top.
Scissors, wood, glue and imagination.
That’s all you need to transform trash to treasure…..
….and celebrate your own “little engine that could.”
PS If you are an Oregon fan, your team did an amazing job as well. We are equal opportunity cheerers around here. 🙂