Sabrina is a Rainbow Loom master. Yes, this glove is made entirely of those itty-bitty rubber bands. She did it by following instructions from an online video, as she's done for most of her creations. She's also made a rubber band iPhone cover, and bracelets galore. I joked on Facebook the other day that next, she's going to attempt a Rainbow Loom dress.
We were discussing this in the car the other day, where we have some of our best conversations. Sabrina asked, "Isn't my glove amazing?" Years ago, I read that when you compliment a kid rather than generically saying "It's great!" or "That's awesome!" it's more meaningful to give details, and so I do.
"I love the colors you chose," I said. "And I'm so impressed by how consistent and neat all the stitching is!"
"Mommy, could you have done this?" Sabrina asked, holding up a gloved hand.
"Well, I was pretty good at making potholders when I was little, but this is pretty advanced handiwork," I told her.
"Could Max make this?" she asked.
"With help he could make a bracelet, but I don't think he's at the point where he could do this by himself," I said. Max's fine-motor skills are still coming along, and weaving little rubber bands together would be his idea of torture.
Sabrina knew Max couldn't have made the glove or me, either—she just wanted affirmation. I understood. It's nice to be the only one in the family with a particular talent. Growing up, I loved being the kid who could play piano.
Max may never rival Sabrina's looming prowess, but she knows he has his own talents. For one, Max has the best memory of us all. Sabrina and I talked about his powers of recall, which are particularly hard to miss when he's telling me I'm driving the wrong way to get somewhere (and he's right). The other day, Max pointed to a pet store and reminded me I once took him there.
"That was seven years ago!" I said. "Your memory is amazing."
"Wow," said Sabrina, duly impressed.
Later, I headed to Five Below to replenish Sabrina's supply of rubber bands. At $1 for 300, I'll only have to take out a small loan if she does decide to make that Rainbow Loom dress.