I have two more double-page spreads in my altered book, Passport to Art, to share today. The book, created via Bernice's online class, has allowed me to reflect on all the different types of travels and the various trips I have taken in my life. This page, based on Prompt 23 about becoming an adult, covers the various trips I took in high school. I used black gesso to cover most everything on the page (except for the map and the legend), journaled in white sharpie and added lots of cut-out images from my stash. The journaling reads "I had a lot of freedom to travel when I was in high school, and it helped me develop into an adult. I traveled with the debate team to tournaments all over the state and to several other states. I became friends with Sara, who lived in Berkeley, and I often flew up to visit her. It's hard to imagine my parents allowed to to do this so often on my own but I'm glad they did."
Reflecting back on this period in my life, I now realize how mature I must have been as a high school kid. I earned money babysitting and whenever I saved up $48 (the roundtrip cost for the one hour trip from southern California to northern California), I would book a flight to spend the weekend 350 miles from home!
These pages are based on prompt 19 which asked "What things had to come to an end so that something new could begin?" After some thought, I wrote about the trips we took within in the U.S. when Henry was playing all-star baseball. I covered over the entire page with cream colored acrylic paint, added maps of the relevant areas, three photos from my collage sheets, some lettering and a little doodling to complete the page.
The journaling reads "Good-bye Europe . . . Hello Cooperstown!" The family agreed to give up European travel for a few summers when Henry was aged 10-12, so the he could play All Star baseball. When he was 12, the team also traveled to Cooperstown, N.Y. The whole family went along, and we added visits to New York City, Boston, and Washington, D.C. A few summers later, Henry and I traveled to Sacramento, California when the All-Stars made the state tournament."
One of the interesting parallels between these two spreads is that the latter spread is a bit about Henry's high school travel experiences, but these were trips he took with the family in tow. As I think about it, he has taken a few trips on his own in high school without us (to soccer and baseball tournaments in the greater Bay Area with his team; to Dallas, Texas with his soccer team; and, recently, to Costa Rica with some fellow students and a couple of teachers). It makes me wonder how much travel people did on their own as high school students and how much you let (or would let) your kids travel at this age without you? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
I've got a few more completed pages to share tomorrow and some new photography challenge posts for the weekend, so come on back to check those out.