Tristan helps out

by DaniGirl on January 6, 2011 · 7 comments

in Ah, me boys, Photo of the Day

So I haven’t quit the sequel edition of the 365 yet, although I’ve thought about it. Really, who the hell let me commit to this while I was still in vacation mode? It’s EASY to get a shot a day when you don’t have pesky WORK taking up eight hours of each day. Yeesh.

The good news is, Tristan’s got my back. The other day, he dug out his Little Tykes digital camera, a gift from several Christmases ago that has been languishing in a drawer with dead batteries for, um, a long time.

“Can we put new batteries in this?” he asked me. “I want to help you with your 372.”

And good parent that I am, I was able to turn that into a teachable moment. I explained to him that I call it a 365 project because there are 365 days in a year. But did you know, I continued, that there are actually more than 365 days in a year, but just a little more, which is why we have a leap year every four years. Except of course, years which are divisible by 100, which skip the rule. In fact, even those small accounting measures will mean that over the course of 8,000 years, we’ll still lose an entire day, but the vernal equinox will shift by an as-yet unknown amount, so we don’t have to worry about the potential Y2K-like chaos that will ensue from that eventuality just yet.

(Yeah, his eyes glazed over right about then, too. I really have to learn when to turn it off, don’t I?)

Anyway, I was delighted to have stirred up enough enthusiasm for photography in my almost nine-year-old that he wanted to play along on my photo-a-day project. Once I loaded him up with some fresh batteries, he went about the house capturing images of his brothers, his Super Mario stuffies, and a retreating dog.

He was composing a picture of the about-to-be-served dinner on the table when he said, “I call this one ‘delicious dinner.'”

I heard a noise somewhere between a guffaw and a groan from behind me, and Beloved said, “Oh my god, now he’s naming his compositions? I blame you.”

I’m okay with that. πŸ™‚


{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Paula January 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Sweet post! So, is the picture in your sidebar one that Tristan took?

2 Sara January 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm

AWE! Thatta Boy!

That is the best thing. I was 8 when I got my first camera.

3 Coco January 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm

I’m telling you, 7/52 is the way to go! By the way, I am officially done and am not going to do anything this year………so far!

4 Finola January 6, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Adorable! Perhaps he can be a guest photographer for you on your busy days πŸ™‚

5 Amber January 7, 2011 at 12:03 am

What he’s doing is naming his ART. Giving it significance. I think that you have set a very good example, indeed. πŸ™‚

6 Jill January 7, 2011 at 12:15 am

Oh my goosness, that was funny!! smart boy, I’d be proud too!

7 Neeroc January 11, 2011 at 11:22 pm

So does he have his own flickr account yet?

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