creative passion


Long weekend, enough snow to eliminate a bike ride but not enough for sledding, chores done, viola practiced and Xander sat down to play some lame online game.

“Get up! Do something!” I enthused. “You need to find a creative passion for your empty hours. Choose a subject, learn a skill, become an expert.”

My children are familiar with this lecture. I don’t care if they knit, juggle or write novels; I simply want them to find a passion they love– one that calls to them at night with new ideas, something they run home from school to put the finishing touches on and search for tips on how to make it better next time around.

Monday, Xander poured his energy into this video. You can imagine the chaos with all these little actors running in and out of my house, costumes and props flying everywhere. Video is a fabulous outlet for kids because it involves planning, storytelling, props, costumes, filming and editing skills (and the internet is full of fabulous tutorials).

p.s. it starts out tame– but gets exciting pretty quickly.
p.p.s. sure wish I’d cleaned that smudge off my lens.

into the woods from Michelle Lehnardt on Vimeo.

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  1. k. novella

    January 18, 2012

    yep, my kids thoroughly enjoyed that! (mary was hilariously serious during the interrogation.) what fun, great job xander.

  2. Judi

    January 18, 2012

    how cute! mary was hilarious!

  3. The Planet Pink

    January 19, 2012

    So funny! My girls love to make movies, they’d have a blast with your crew!

  4. Cath

    January 19, 2012

    Mary is a little actress. I caught a glimpse of her at sixteen as she mounted her pink beach cruiser. This was the perfect creative outlet. Way to encourage them! Sure love you.

  5. Tracy

    January 19, 2012

    Oh this is fabulous! I need more!

  6. Emi Edgley

    January 19, 2012

    the climax for me was Mary’s cape removal. perfection!

  7. kara jayne

    January 20, 2012

    i love this! we used to spend hours making videos after school when i was little. they are still some of my most prized possessions…and memories!

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