Kieran, my 17 year old, didn’t get a steady job this summer, but instead worked part-time at odd jobs and as a character for children’s birthday parties. I was kind of disappointed with this, as I’m seeing the dollar signs flash before my eyes in the wake of it being ‘almost that time’ to begin paying tuition for University. I’m really hoping that he knows that we are serious about him trying to help out with paying some of those bills!
The silver lining for me, however, was the chance to watch boys play. Yes, 17 and 18 year old boys, hanging out at our place for endless costume changes, script practices and filming dates over a period of about 3 weeks. Kieran is hoping to go into a film studies program next year and his most recent facination is with Tarantino films (the opening of a new one this summer added to the excitement). He wrote a script, storyboarded it and began directing his buddies in this x-rated venture. They would then come home and gather round the iMAC and edit, revise, decide to re-shoot and reschedule another gathering. I was reminded too, of Kent Manning’s advice to be a little more leniant about the content when it comes to what boys like (apparently a profanity edited version of Kieran’s film might be coming, but it couldn’t be Tarantino-esque without a quite a bit)!
It struck me that boys (and girls) grow up pretty fast these days and that the ‘play’ time, be it lego or building or whatever, ends pretty abruptly for boys and becomes about playing video games or playing sports. The kind of play that I liked seeing again this summer was the construction of something unique, something brand new, something they built. My sons have never been much for robotics or logo, despite my attempts to interest them, but drama and film are things that they definitely love.
When alone one rainy day Kieran also did one just for himself and posted it to You Tube, watching a few comments with interest as they came in, and being amazed that people actually viewed his movie… okay…tweeting it out might have helped 🙂 I’ve included the short, (not restricted for language and violence) one here, and believe me I would have tidied up my closet if I’d known it was being filmed!
This playful creation using media really reaffirmed for me that we need to give kids the time and the choices to be creative in their own ways!