Field Notes

Field Notes In Action:

Field Notes Youth

April 23rd, 2008 by Bryan Bedell


If you’re in the habit of carrying around a memo book and a pen, you know it’s like carrying a very lightweight laptop computer, minus the internet. (It does have some built in games, I’ll cover that in my next post.) What I’m getting to is, Field Notes, like a laptop, makes a great babysitter. A couple hours into a long car trip, after someone left $120 worth of Disney DVDs in the gravel outside a restaurant in Indiana (I’m not blaming anyone, I’m just saying…), you’ll be grateful to still have a way of entertaining a 4-year-old in the back seat. Above, you can see my daughter’s vivid and disturbing imagination translated to paper. I’m pretty sure that’s some sort of evil princess, and that’s girl-frankenstein on the right.


My daughter learned how to draw a bug thanks to Mark Mothersbaugh via Yo Gabba Gabba, the Electric Company of our day. So she draws bugs all the time, but if she sees, say, a one-micron-long flea, she’ll cry for an hour. I don’t know what that is on the left, but it looks like this thing they found on Saturn in a comic book I had once. It’s probably Mrs. Field Notes.


That’s a cat, I think, or maybe the Chicago Bears logo from the back of Mrs. Field Notes’ hat. And that other thing is a pumpkin, because even though it’s six months after/before halloween, she asks us at least once a week when Halloween is coming, and talks about what her costume will be three halloweens from now (she has the next two covered.) She’s also practicing her calligraphy by copying any words she sees, which in this case, is “FIELD NOTES.” I just realized, this was a prototype back when they said “Field Notes” on every page, which we eventually decided was sort of presumptuous and unnecessary, so if you have a Field Notes memo book with too-dark lines and “Field Notes” across the top of every page, get thee to eBay!