For a scholarship application, M needs to attach a picture of something meaningful to him, and write an essay about why it’s meaningful. He’s written so many application-related essays already, that it would be great to recycle one he wrote for a different application, about his summer job working at the Cub Scout camp, which includes mention of keeping kids from capsizing their boat. However, neither of us ever took pictures at Cub camp.
I thought maybe we had a generic picture of him at the affiliated Boy Scout camp that might be sufficient. (It’s clear that the scholarship committee is concerned about the quality of the essay, and not the photo.) I sifted through old pictures, and found one from 3 summers ago, when he and the other counselors-in-training performed a skit by the water. The Boy Scout camp is across the pond from the Cub Scout camp, and I realized that one of the pictures had the entire Cub Scout camp waterfront in the background!
A lot of cropping, and a little clean-up to remove some electric lines and a totem pole (thanks to a photo-editing tool M learned about in a class this fall), and voila — M now has the perfect picture to accompany an essay about learning responsibility by saving Cub Scouts from themselves in boats.