I always used to mess with candles. I’d try and create the optimal candle, where all the wax was hemmed in on all sides, and the balance of melted wax to wick was perfect. If a weak point was exposed and hot wax would spill down the side, I’d break off chunks from other breaches and try to dam up the gap. Sometimes I’d collect a lump of the wax and mold it into a cube or a sphere, or use a fingernail to try carving a shape. I’d dip my fingers into the hot wax with a hiss at the initial sting until I had protective caps, seeing how thick I could get the coating before it broke or fell off and created a mold of my fingertips. I found them endlessly entertaining.
Dr. Zal Milan messes with candles for entirely different reasons.
It’s weird, the kind of odd little activities kids (and, let’s face it, adults too) can find utterly engrossing. Another activity I never seemed to tire of when I was a child was peeling dried glue off of my hands, or empty milk jugs. I’d empty what seemed like an entire bottle of Elmer’s glue over a milk jug, eagerly and impatiently wait for it to dry, and then peel it all off. And tape…oohhhh the webs I would make in rooms out of scotch tape, stretching it from one piece of furniture to another like some strange roll-wielding spider.
Did you have any odd diversions as a child?
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