I joined Pinterest a couple of months ago. And just as I suspected I would, I went crazy for the first couple of weeks, pinning this and pinning that. I pinned recipes and quotes. I created boards for the important roles I play: mil spouse, mom, teacher, runner, writer. I even started pinning my favorite top 10 lists from my blog.
As of right now, I have 180 pins. And until a few days ago, the only pin I ever looked at after I originally pinned it was a Valentine’s Day craft I ended up doing with my kindergarten students. The craft was cute. I may or may not repeat it with my class next year. But it didn’t change my life or my relationship with my students. However, the second pin I went back and looked at was different. And thanks to that pin, I’m now bonding with my son in a way I haven’t been able to in quite some time.
Although Big C and I haven’t touched upon the meaning of life or where babies come from, we have definitely opened the lines of communication. We may be starting out with mundane discussions about our favorite parts of movies and his favorite subjects in school, but I’m hoping these are just the warm-up stretches to prepare us for the real exercises to come. I love watching his excitement when he looks on his bed and finds the notebook, knowing there’s a new entry for him to read. I love that he finds creative places for me to find the notebook after he has left his own entry. And of course I love that we have something that is just OURS, something that is only for Mom and Big C (which of course has made Mr. RC insanely jealous even though Big C has assured him that he is allowed to guest post every now and then).
I haven’t been very active on Pinterest lately. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve lost interest after that initial high of joining a new club or if it’s because I just don’t have time to look at smoldering photos of Ryan Gosling or crafts I will never in a million years attempt to do. But even if I never pin another pin, I’ll always be thankful for Pinterest for giving me a way to bond with my son.