This is my son (who has since had the mop top groomed, thank God) and his name is Coleman.
He is a passionate kid and one who's always moving from one new thing to the next, but not until he has thoroughly exhausted and explored it from every possible angle.
Take for example the Hofner bass, the instrument most famously attributed to Sir Paul McCartney. We have it in Beatles Rock Band, in a miniature collectible, and we have checked out several books on the Beatles where Cole could get a closer look at the much photographed instrument of Sir Paul's affection. We've been to see one in person, where I recall a fruitless plea that sounded a lot like, "MOM, I will forfeit my allowance until I graduate from high school if you buy this for me!"
The thing I love most about scrapbooking is the stuff we save. The documenting. The details. The nitty gritty minutiae of every day life. Stuff that I'm not going to remember, and quite possibly, neither will Cole to some extent. I mean, I believe I was insanely passionate about my pet rock orphanage when I was 9, but I have only a vague recollection, and certainly no photographic or written proof.
Will he remember how two Apple monitor boxes turned into the most awesome drum set known to kid-dom?
Will he remember the pencil set he used to create literally countless illustrations and artistic masterpieces?
I'm not saying he has swiss cheese for brains. That would be me, his mother.
But it's the sweeping things that are more easily recalled. The specifics? Those are the things we tend gloss over, and tend to merge into a broader stroke of story over time.
I grabbed my camera and went on a photographic field trip while he was at school the other day, looking for signs of his passionate life. Signs of life to save.
I gathered the images and words into one simple document showcasing the details, and it looks a bit like this:
This is such an easy page you can make, today. Either do it digitally like I did, or get your square punch at the ready, and go shoot some details documenting what your subjects are into right now.
Simple. Details. Documented.
Just don't ask him to be happy when I try to document his "after" look.