"What is it that you need!?" She hollered from from the den. Amazing how she could carefully monitor her ironing while keeping an eye on me fishing around in her kitchen "junk" drawer which was always full of the most interesting things; miniature light bulbs, drape hangers, screws and bolts of various sizes, paint brushes, mason jar seals; parts that kept the larger grown-up world together and running smoothly. It wasn't off limits to me, but she knew of my propensity to rearrange systems to my liking, or as she called it "make messes".
"It's for a school project Mom!" I hollered back. Knowing I had trumped her suspicious inquiry with the best of retorts. I would not only secure permission but gain an ally in pursuing my intentions. I made my interest her interest. I got her involved. The first inbound marketing attempts of an eight year old. As a result, I gained full access to the junk drawer and arranged the best of the miscellaneous parts into what, at the time, I thought was a masterpiece. My project won first prize in my division at my elementary school. I've been fascinated with and dedicated to art, design, and communications since.