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‘I’ve taken up origami…’

Recently, at school, we had our final day of the semester, which is dubbed ‘party day’. It is, in fact, movie / candy eating day as oppose to an actual party day. I had four 55 minute classes running from 9:30am onwards and as it was also the last day of the school year (school year in Korea runs March – Feb), my student attendance was waning.

The selection of movies I presented to my students were provided to me by The Canadian One stealing them from his Kindergarten school. Their options were: ‘The Smurfs’, ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ and ‘Rio’. Three classes voted for ‘The Smurfs’, except one kid in one class who voted for ‘Rio’ but majority ruled and he was forced to watch the little blue creatures lead by Santa Smurf into the real world.

In case you can’t tell, I had never in my life seen ‘The Smurfs’ before. Not on TV, not on the big screen, not in a storybook. By 9:45am, I was hooked! An hour later, while watching the first 55 minutes again, I was still watching as intently as I had an hour earlier. By round three of the first 55 minutes, I was bored and wanted to know what happened next. The kids, understandably, would not let me show them the last 55 mins of the movie instead so I had to find something else to do.

And cue, playing with the iPhone (movie was playing through my computer so that was off-limits).

As I scrolled through the many (many) apps I have on my little device, I came across this:

And remembering I was once gifted a package of origami paper from a student and had thrown it into my desk, I set off to find it:


With my students happily watched the blue not-a-leprechauns being chased around New York by the voice of ‘Moe’ from ‘The Simpsons’ and saved by NPH from ‘Harold and Kumar’, I set about constructing my origami masterpieces at my desk…and tried my best not to swear while saying ‘WHAT THE SMURF?!’ aloud several times.

Also, little known fact, origami takes a lot of concentration. When constructing them at your desk, shielded by your computer screen so passers by can only see your face, you look like you’re very hard at work on something ultra-important.

With 6 piece of paper, I had to carefully choose what I was to make and here’s what I came up with:

‘The Jumping Frog’

He would be green but I destroyed him the first time I tried to make him. This is Take 2….and he really does jump!

‘The Duck’

Ummmmm, body is a bit long but he’s the right color. A step up on the frog.

Next was ‘The Fox’.

Also the correct color. I should get points for that.

‘The Goldfish’

His correct color sheet was used on ‘The Fox’ so he’s a black and beige goldfish, with an almost torn off tail cos I didn’t read the instructions properly.

And finally, ‘The Table’

Come on, that one’s impressive. I even got my cup to balance on it….Of course, this was after I drank all the water from it. For future reference, ‘The Table’ can’t hold too much weight!

As proud as I was to have made all of these, not to be outdone, one of my 7 year olds then made this:

Yep, I think I’ll just go smurf an eye on the boiling kettle while I await my coffee and leave the origami to the 7-year-olds.

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