They were a few years ahead of us in the parenting arena, and had decided to create an experience for their kids the summer after their junior year…some kind of internship that would help broaden their horizons.
Dave and I took that idea into our hearts and mulled it around for years. And we liked it.
Any time before that summer after their junior year would be too early, and after their senior year would be too unpredictable with college and jobs and a crazy mother trying to hold on to them too tight 🙂
This whole scenario was easy with Max. We had that automatic “in” with Dave’s business in China. Dave’s business partner was such a perfect boss, and his family was nothing short of saints to take that huge child of ours under their wing and let him live with them for a month. Remember this picture?
He learned so much doing his internship there. In fact, he wrote one of his college essays on that experience. Maybe that was what got him into BYU 🙂 You never know! More about his experience last summer HERE.
The only problem I see with having kids 14 months apart is that that next one comes right along so quick on big milestones like this that sometimes you don’t know what hit you. (Ok, there are a few other problems, like having two babies in different stages for so long, but in hindsight I’d take that any day to get kids close together.)
The whole summer-abroad-after-junior-year gets a little trickier with Elle. First of all she’s a girl which shouldn’t but sometimes does make us feel more protective, and second she’s already had a great experience in China. Sure we could send her over there again, there are never-ending things to learn in China. But we’d love for her to expand her horizons to a different spot in the world if we can figure out how to make it happen. We’ve always kind of thought France would be a pretty cool place for her to go. I mean, she took two years of French in junior high so we were pretty sure that would assist her to find her way around France just fine. Ha! She actually promptly forgot anything she learned but she’d pick at least part of that up again if she lived there, right?
But then we started thinking maybe England would be smarter. I mean, we have more connections in England and she actually does speak the language.
And then we started thinking maybe even New York City would be a pretty amazing “foreign” experience for this little desert girl of ours.
I have put out a lot of feelers to try to figure out a great fit for her. We have a few great leads, a place she could possibly stay in France, and one in England too, and some possibilities in NYC, but still working on what she could actually do there. She is so great at photography, and would love to learn more by working hard in some type of internship with that, but also loves fashion and design, and at this point she’d love to do any kind of job. It would be great for her to learn about finance, architecture, cooking, you name it, we’re just looking for a unique growing experience that will help her stretch her horizons. We are trying to work out something for about a month this summer. I realize that’s a short amount of time, but they’re making us crazy making our summers so darn short over here in the desert that that’s all the time we can squeeze out.
Soooo, in Dave and my discussion yesterday we thought maybe it would be good to put this idea out to the blog world.
Of course, we’d have to do a whole slew of background checking and fine-tooth comb examining the possibilities before we send her off. But there’s got to be someone out there with some good connections or who could use the services of a smart, organized, go-getter kind of a girl like Elle this summer. We are looking specifically for an internship/short-time-job and possibly a place to stay close-by.
She is organized and awesome with kids, loves tennis (I should look into some kind of internship at the French Open or Wimbledon! hmmmm), could put her good camera to good use, she would love to shadow especially any fashion photographers, but she’d also be pleased as punch to file papers in an office or help nanny kids.
Here’s a little note from her:
Hi this is Elle and I’m so stoked to go somewhere this summer even though it makes me nervous. I would love love to help with photography somewhere awesome or nanny kids in a city I am not used to. It will be neat to not only work there but to see and experience the life where ever it ends up being. I have had three years experience photographing families and kids (see my mom’s posts HERE and HERE for examples of some of my photography). I have a Canon 6D that I have saved up to buy and would love to put to use, either photographing “a day in the life” of the family I end up staying with or shadowing a photographer (I am so interested in fashion photography). I also love videography.
NYC from elle pothier. on Vimeo.
But like my Mom said, I would learn a lot from anything, not just something photography related.
I am willing to work my hardest and learn everything I can. I’m just excited to have a different experience in a different place.
Let us know if anyone has any advice or leads for us at sepphotography at gmail dot com.