Yesterday, I was given a treasure. As a fellow teacher friend was cleaning out her classroom closet, she came across this statue of St. Therese, that had evidently been there since long before the classroom became hers. She asked me if I wanted it. I was so excited! I climbed up on a table to reach her, and gingerly lowered her off the top shelf. The statue had been broken in half and hot glued back together, with a big gob of glue that had oozed from the waist. The paint was faded and chipped in many places, but I just knew that she could be rescued!
Today, I brought a container filled with paintbrushes and acrylic paints in multiple shades. I borrowed some spackling and a putty knife, and went to work. I puttied the holes and glue line and let that dry for a couple of hours. Then I took my nail buffer, filed and smoothed the dried plaster. For the next couple of hours, I painted, and messed up, repainted, and repeated the process again and again. The end product was not perfect, but I’m still happy with it! I also loved spending my day talking to St.Therese’ in heaven as I tried to make her image beautiful. What a holy, lovely soul she is! She has so much to teach us about loving the Lord wholeheartedly and about Surrender!