By Laurel Watts
Is trovvit just for recording my kids’ passions? Using trovvit, I discovered something about myself . . .
In early September, I was walking down Clinton Street after drop off and ran into my friend Alison. Direct as always, she asked how I was, and reported that she was feeling antsy. “Everyone else in my family is headed back to school – what am I doing new? What am I learning?” By chance, that week, I came across a blurb in a parenting magazine, “It’s back-to-school season! What do you want to learn next?” Editors from the magazine had answered, “I want to learn to be a strong swimmer” and “Archery!” and “I’d love to start playing the piano again.”
When I first set up my trovvit account, it defaulted to my (empty) feed and a bummer of a notice that said, “Your story has not yet started! Post an achievement here!” I would quickly click off this page into Charlie and Skye’s feed, which I had begun to populate with photos of their art work, travel, riding, cycling, LEARNING.
My feed remained . . . empty.
“Here goes!” I thought. Since I was cleaning all the old photos off my phone and into trovvit, I began to look for photos I could put in my feed. Lumped in amongst hundreds of other pictures, I found shots I had taken of things I cooked. Organized in my bin I could see a pattern:
“Aha!” I thought. “Apparently, I make sweet things – I pick blueberries and make pies, strawberries and make jam, apples and make sauce.” I photograph them so I can learn what I liked, what I did well, how I would do it better next time. So I do have a passion I pursue! It took organizing them in trovvit to see what I was learning. I wonder what else I do . . .