A collection of crushed plastic bottles lay in a pile. Each discarded SEI-brand container resembles a 19th century soldier’s canteen. Back then, each canteen held water — a refreshing and prized commodity for any soldier engrossed in grueling combat. At first glance today, each bottle is merely a piece of empty, mangled plastic. In the eyes of Juana Valdes, however, each bottle is an essential component of a work of art.
Families packed the restaurant with more queuing in line to get in. A trio of girls giggled gleefully while having their faces painted. At the next table, children danced colorful balloon animals through the air. Amidst the palpable joy, heaping piles of pancakes, sizzling mozzarella sticks and bubbling apple crisps were delivered to tables.
Sometimes cartoons make life seem so much easier. Like when a character is faced with a tough decision and two little guys show up on his shoulders. One an angel, and one a little devil, and both offer some advice. All the character has to do is choose whichever he feels is best and then do it. The little guys disappear and come back whenever another crucial decision is approached.