My four kids, who so patiently let me write and share, and even blog about the exploits of their leaving home and first forays into the wide, wide world are all artists of one sort or another. Were my children scientists or psychologists or even just shy – they might not have been as calm about their mother using their experiences as artistic fodder. But they ‘get’ it– ie. art imitating life and vice versa, though of course there were a few “No Mom, better leave that out” warnings to heed.
I promised them pseudonyms and most approved of their nom de plume. So Zoë, the eldest, is an artist. Cole, her brother, is a film producer. Hudson, the next brother, is a writer, and our Lily is a photographer. With my book Text Me, Love Mom; Two Girls, Two Boys, One Empty Nest just out on book shelves and available on-line our number one marketing and idea man, Shawn MacDonell at CreatiVision (www.creativision.ca/ ) suggested I put the four of them to work creating a fun series of short, short promotional videos. Only Zoë was living near her dad and I, so I had to convince the other three to squish creating my mini-productions into our short together time at Christmas. Hudson approved the scripts, Cole directed his distracted siblings and fit post-production editing into a frantic schedule. Zoë and Lily created the on-line posters and photos. It was a blast.
Of course, none of us are actors and all of us, including their dad and our wee granddaughters have starring roles in the videos. You can be the judge of whether we make up for talent with moxie – because as that time of year approaches where moms and dads are getting jittery about letting sons and daughters drive away with packed cars and first care packages, or fly to places further afield leaving parents in airports recalling being left in hallways as kindergarten doors closed and new stages of family life evolved, I’d like to share our three videos:
Click for video #1 Out The Door http://t.co/jsRZFW2IHN
Click her for video #2 The Internet is My Mom https://t.co/ckH2qgNv2U
Click here for video #4 It Should Have Gotten Easier https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRqo18QaHIw
Text Me, Love Mom – it is a feel better book!