I’m linking up to Mama Kat’s Writers’ Workshop this week, not only because the prompts are great, but also because her new blog design is SMOKIN’ HOT! Drop by and check it out!
The prompt that called to me this week addressed the possibility of kids today being involved in too many extra-curricular activities, and not having time to play, and get bored, and use their imaginations. My boys are seven years apart, and I selected their activities ( a WIDE variety) up until about second grade, and then I let them take over. John, my youngest, is now twelve, and he’s involved in Beta Club, does all the school plays, is in the school chorus, and plays saxophone in the school band. In the summer he does community theater camps. But he still has time to be creative. He has recently discovered steampunk, and become fascinated with the weapons. Here are his latest designs, which he plans to build from parts scavenged from our basement, my favorite thrift store, and the local hardware store:
For those of you without male children old enough to point a finger and yell, “BANG!” – please realize that designing firearms with “lethal plasma” is perfectly normal, and may even be praise-worthy. Here is another point-and-shoot accomplishment of John’s, and it’s one of my personal favorites.
This is a picture John took of my mom and step-dad’s dog, Winnie. I think it’s fabulous, and I even had it put on canvas for their Christmas present. It doesn’t matter to me if he selects extra-curricular activities that are athletic or academic, or if he spends his free time shooting pictures or shooting guns, as long as he’s excited about what he’s doing. Isn’t that what it’s all about?