Last year, our nephew Jake needed some help with a school project. By post, he sent along a paper-cutout of himself all the way from Texas and asked us to take “Flat Jake” around town. Our assignment was to prepare a report to help Jake’s classmates learn a little about the place where we live.
Junkii and I put our heads together and, with his photography skills and my writing and layout abilities, we came up with what I still think was a pretty damn cool little mini magazine. I bet most kids didn’t get such professional quality reports!
Anyway, when we finished our assignment, we patted ourselves on the back and went about our daily grind. But in the back of our brains, we always knew that Jake’s younger brother, Josh, would likely ask us to undertake a similar assignment the following year, when he reached the same school grade. Josh can pretty much be counted on to follow in his brother’s footsteps on anything – he’s affectionately known as “me too.” So it didn’t exactly come as a shock when we were asked again this year to come up with another report.
But what would this report focus on?! We’d already covered everything with Flat Jake!
We knew we couldn’t re-use the same text, and that it would need to be roughly the same length and quality or else Josh would feel cheated. So we put our thinking caps on and came up with a new approach to the assignment. We produced another 8-pager, and actually, I think this year’s story holds together a little better. It helped that the weather this year was so different from 2012, with the snow and cold making for different photo-ops than we’d had with Flat Jake. Have a look at the Flat Josh report. Personally, I think it’s even better than volume 1.
But thank heavens we’re out of nephews, because we’re also out of ideas!