This is not just a valentine to Mom — it is a historical relic that was obviously printed on the very first printer in existence. This is also a piece depicting enthrallment and joy — at discovering MS-Paint for the first time — or whatever trip I was on that afternoon. I had also discovered the copy and paste functions, with which I was drunk and smitten. with which I was drunk and smitten. with which I was drunk and smitten. with which I was drunk and smitten.
Okay, now that we’re past the goofy nostalgia of old-timey computer stuff, let’s just face the cold truth here: three-year-olds could make this on a computer. Unfortunately I cannot cop out and say I made this when I was three. Because none of this existed when I was three. Nope, by the time it was reasonably affordable to own a dot matrix printer in one’s home, it was like 1992. People, I WAS TWELVE.
I couldn’t even draw a smiley face circle. Did I really draw that oblong blob, shrug, and think “good enough”? Yep, I did. It’s basically my approach to life to this day. Let’s just paste a few more of these clip art dogs in here, and click print. Done! SHE’LL LOVE IT. And the thing is, she did. I found this tucked into the back of a photo album, behind some old report cards. Maybe she was just impressed with my “mad computer skills.”