Okay, I’ll admit it; I went completely off-topic on this layout. When I first saw this prompt, I thought about a multitude of pages I could do about songs that I sang wrong for years or the hours we spent hitting "rewind" trying to figure out the lyrics to some of the songs we performed in our rock band. I even thought about the very strange lyrics to Texas A&M’s Aggie War Hymn (fight song), but in the end it was really just too much to think about, so I did something quick and easy instead -- a cop-out, I know.
Today I used another piece of paper I found at the local craft store, added the program from the event, an interesting quote from a historical speech, and a photo I found online. I kept it simple and to the point. No muss; no fuss. Not every page has to be a masterpiece. This layout will serve the exact purpose it was intended to serve, to remind my son of his Freshman Convocation. Maybe it was memorable, maybe it wasn’t, but since it was his memory, and his alone, it really doesn’t need anything more than what I’ve already put on the page. If, when he sees it, it invokes some memory that changed the course of his life, we can make another page about that.
The photo I used on this page (and other pages in my son’s college scrapbook) brings me to another point. We don’t always have the perfect picture. If, like my son, your children go off to college and never take a single picture, then you have to rely on their stories (which, yes, it is perfectly okay to wheedle out of them, even if they begin to hate you for it), and if you’re lucky, the photos taken by their friends. Welcome to the magic of Facebook. If it weren’t for social media, I would have no pictures of my son’s college life at all. He is totally a non-photo-taker, although he does enjoy looking at the results of my scrapbooking from time to time. Luckily, many of his friends post pictures online, as do the campus organizations to which he belongs. I make it a habit of “liking” every organization my son joins, and following several of his friends and groups on Facebook. Then, whenever they post new pictures, I can scour through them to see if there are photos of my son or his buddies that I can use. It really is the next best thing to being there!