Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Spring Break: When Desperation Breeds Creativity
There are also lots of moments I say to turn off the electronics and figure out what to do. It is pure privilege to live in a circumstance where my children are able to get "bored." In my first job out of journalism school, I covered a tiny town in Massachusetts and had to file a story a day, It wasn't easy but my editor would tell me: "Desperation breeds creativity." And so it does.
Right now, the 15 year old is at a friend's house with his electric bass, at a "Crap Music Session." They had one over winter break, too. A group of teens give themselves 12 hours and to write and produce a song. Most of it is garbage (hence it's a "Crap Music Session") but they have fun drinking energy drinks, eating all kinds of junk food and jamming. Our son also is spending his spring break doing some school work, writing a position paper for Model Congress, building his racing cycle and working three full days at the bike shop. He won't let me post a pic of the cycle because he thinks my camera phone is not up to par.
The first photo is of him turning all the keys upside down on an old keyboard. We have been reading Sherlock Holmes together. He also tried to train our dog to answer commands in French. He was doing that while I was trying to read to him. That was not a successful endeavor.