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This old dog is learning some new tricks on Adobe Illustrator

This is my dog Martha. We are both old dogs.

This is my dog Martha. We are both old dogs.

I am an old dog. Not too old, but older than a puppy. In the Computer Graphics class I am taking there is a student in high school who is taking the class as  dual enrollment, there are two older gentleman with gray receding hair lines, students who look in their mid 20’s and 30’s and there is me, who is a little gray with a full head of long hair.

There is no age limit on learning.

Last night I felt like an old dog who couldn’t learn a new trick. The teacher was showing the class how to use the program on the screen in front of the class. He was showing things quickly, my brain couldn’t follow what he was doing.

“What am I doing here? This is so hard; I don’t understand.”

The tears in the back of my eyeballs were waiting for the command from my brain, to spill out. The Head Tear Foreman yelled to the tear drops, “Okay guys, it looks like she is feeling overwhelmed. Get in your places! Everybody line up, we may be needed!”

After  I took a  deep breath, and made a conscious decision to not quit, the Head Tear Foreman yelled to the tear drops, “Fall out! She has it under control. She is not going to give up. Good work tear drops.  Be ready, she has five more weeks of this.”

I am an old dog, but I can learn new tricks. I just have to be patient with myself and keep trying.

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.
– Louis Pasteur

I may cry, but I won’t quit.



About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • You are not an old dog, you are bold and adventurous and always learning. Everyone cries when they try to understand Illustrator. It was invented by aliens who are a thousand years ahead of us technologically. But don’t worry, you will learn it and you will be a master Illustrator.

    • Thank you Kathleen for your vote of support. The class last night went much better. So I am a young adventurous dog. I can live with that. 😉

  • Thank you Maya. My Foreman would love to assist you.

  • Robn Patrick

    I love this! I think from now on I’m going to have that image in my head of the Tear Foreman. What a great word picture!

    • Thank you Robin. I am going to watch some instructional videos this afternoon, hopefully that will help.

      • Robn Patrick

        It will help. I took an online digital media class at Cabrillo many years ago. We learned just a little bit of each software in the adobe suite. Illustrator was my absolute favorite. You are going to love it. Adobe has a ton of teaching videos.