I’m not sure if the business is always as brisk at Michael’s craft store as it was last weekend. I am not the arts-and-crafts type, so I rarely venture there.
But right now in Glendale, and around much of California, it is “Mission Season” — that hallowed time of year when fourth-graders turn to their groaning and reluctant parents to help them build models of one of the California missions that helped define our state’s grand history. This season runs concurrent to the “Days of Father Junipero Serra” — the lesser-known season where parents all across the land pay for a year of sins with paint stains, utility-knife cuts and burns from hot glue.
And so we found ourselves wandering aimlessly around the aisles of Michael’s in search of materials to build San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo, which was, for those of you not partaking in Mission Season, the second of the California missions and the burial site of Father Serra.