And here it is.
My children are (IMHO) extraordinarily photogenic. It’s actually very hard to take bad pictures of them. And I take a ton of pictures of them these days.
But Chris is a professional graphic designer. That can be intimidating. He’s won loads of awards doing stuff like this. He was wonderful and encouraging and supportive throughout.
Doing a project like this could be hell for me. I could stress about getting everything ‘just right’ and spend hours and hours on it. But, for me, the gift to myself (and my family) is to learn the fine art of doing it ‘just right enough.’
Whichever grandparent gets this one will love it. They’ll not see the imperfectly printed photos or the smudges or the uneven cut lines. They will see their beautiful grandchildren. I believe they will see it for the heart and intention put into it.
Perfection is unattainable — yet we sometimes strive for pushing ourselves as close to that ideal as we can. Why? The end product can be just as appreciated without the stress.
Even a year ago I suffered from not wanting to do something unless I could do it GREAT. I didn’t want to attempt something if I might fail, because I simply didn’t want to fail. Then I started doing several things that I had never done before — like making cloth diapers. I went into it with the attitude that the process was at least (if not more) important as the final product. And I found that I could make things that are ‘just right enough,’ and enjoy the process itself.
As I unschool, I seek to model this lesson to all my children. I seek to try things and to fail triumphantly while they observe. I want them to see that trying is worth it. I want them to try.