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Jackson Pollen

Something I like: my kids notice textures and patterns and find beautifulness in every day stuff. This morning started with Nicolaus explaining this really pretty thing that happens with water when he was washing his hands, and the other night Graham didn’t want to throw away a broken cheap holiday ornament because LOOK how amazing! Look at the inside of it! They’re visual experience packrats.

So one evening last spring we were trudging across a road to get to our car, in a bit of a hurry for some boring grownup reason, when Graham stopped. “LOOK!!” I looked. Ugh, so in Georgia there is pollen everywhere that time of year. It’s so gross. Yellow powder dusts all over everything. It coats your car, it coats your clothes, it coats sidewalks. And then it rains and turns into a slimy, nasty, no-kidding-people-die traffic hazard before it runs off to the sides of the road. So this is what it looks like:

dried pollen road slime

dried pollen road slime

And it turns out that to a seven year old, that looks AMAZING. He begged for my phone and snapped a few pictures of the amazing mountains he saw on the road. It’s been months, but last night I found those photos and he got really excited. My kid who remembers disturbingly little about life jumped up; he remembered exactly where and why he took them. “Can we edit them?”

Now this kid has three loves in photoshop: Contrast, Color balance, and Liquify (”I’m making it ABSTRACT!”).

Here’s where these went and I have to say it: I genuinely, not-humoring-him, totally really LOVE the way these turned out.

Then he worked on this one until I made him stop and come eat dinner.

He is going to Liquify it tomorrow.

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4 Responses to “Jackson Pollen”

  1. Kat says:

    So glad you’re updating again! You have the best kids. Or maybe you’re just the best mom, I’m not sure. I love that you don’t assume they’re too young to learn anything (Photoshop, science, etc).

  2. electric boogaloo says:

    Thanks, Kat. It’s a little scary to be posting again. I feel like I should type in a whisper so I don’t let anyone down if it sucks. But I miss this space. Need this.

    He’s not skilled in Photoshop by any means, but I’ve started letting him use my nicer camera. :-) He gets me to help him a lot but he is learning what Photoshop can and can’t do, and how to push for the end result he wants even if it’s nothing like the real object looked. It’s fun to watch. I’m trying to find a kids’ photography class but no luck so far for <12.

  3. Kat says:

    I know that feeling. I often post updates on Facebook and then delete them immediately. But your blog should be your space to write whatever you want. I can’t tell you how many times this blog has made me laugh over the years (no pressure), and just made me excited to have kids. You really are an inspiration when it comes to raising kids! Plus you’re honest, which is sometimes even better than funny.

  4. jill says:

    Now I can’t wait to teach my kids photoshop. :P

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