A few weekends ago, the girls had a friend spend the night. As usual, I had my camera out snapping pictures for the girls to remember this night for the rest of their life. For me, this was the night I realized how much I deprive my kids of little things in life, i.e. air popped popcorn!! The girls were in such awe of watching the kernels “pop” in the machine. Not sure who said it, but it was mentioned that they thought popcorn only came from the microwave.
Watching them, watch the popcorn was the best part of the entire night for me. It was a moment I remember thinking, “this is why we can’t forget how things used to be.” Maybe wanting to remember is because I want to remember, not necessarily because it can teach the girls something more useful. Technology is wonderful, but there is something special about being a part of what is happening. Something so easy like throwing popcorn into a microwave means we can multitask and wait for the microwave to stop… Set it and forget it. BUT seeing the kernels swirl in the machine, waiting for the first kernel to pop, then flow quickly to the top before flying out in to a bowl is mesmerizing. It’s magical.
Who can forget as a child, trying not to let the popcorn spill all over the counter?
Or reaching in to grab some warm kernels before the butter.
By this point, I know the girls had not put as much thought into the popcorn as I did. They giggled and couldn’t wait to put the butter and toppings on. I had even popped some popcorn on the stove so they could see other methods to make popcorn. Who remembers JiffyPop tins which used to line the shelves of grocery stores. I think my mom only bought that once in my life. Like most kids, I wanted it because the TV commercials were effective. 😀 Now we don’t eat a lot of popcorn unless we go to the movies, but these images make me so happy.
Go out and pop some popcorn with your kids if you haven’t lately.
*taken on a Rolleiflex 3.5 with Fuji Pro400H
**taken on a Nikon FM 35mm with Nikon 50mm 1.4 using Kodak Portra 400
Film processed by Old School Photo Lab
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