Friday, October 5, 2012

Picture Day

Tuesday was picture day at Sissy's school. I knew it was coming up, but I didn't really give it much thought. I just woke up, found a cute enough outfit for her, brushed her hair and made sure her face was clean.

I started to wonder if I was just a bad mother. I mean, shouldn't I be all concerned about going out to purchase a NEW outfit, get her hair cut, etc. etc.?

Then, I got over myself. I only buy the smallest package of the school pictures. They're usually not that great. I think I take better pictures of the kids at home, anyways. (and it's cheaper!).

Upon reflecting on school pictures, I don't think Buddy had one taken the entire time he was in middle school.

Unlike my mother, I don't wait around with baited breath to get that envelope of school pictures as a memento of that school year, so that I can say I have every year of school pictures and then throw them in the picture pile in the end table.

In fact, I think many of us would like to pretend those pictures didn't exist. I was a child of the 70s and 80s. Not exactly the 2 most wonderful decades for clothing and hair styles.

One year, I just about fell off my chair - Buddy brought home the "pre-order" envelope from school for the pictures. There are always a few options, but the one I found the most interesting was an extra charge if you wanted your child's photo AIRBRUSHED (photoshopped) to remove "flaws", like acne, or glare off eyeglasses.

I mean, sure he's a teenaged zitster. I was too at his age - and I have the pictures to PROVE it. Also, the kid has been wearing glasses since he was 18 months old. We're used to seeing him with glasses. There's gonna be a glare, we've already established that years ago.

After a healthy dose of photoshopping, who would know if it was their child or not? Let's brush out the glasses, acne and braces...oh, and don't forget that unsightly group of freckles! I wonder how a child with a port wine stain/birthmark on their face would feel if their parents paid extra to have that birthmark removed from their school photos?

It's a sad state of affairs when children will grow up without embarrassing school photos to reminisce over in the years to come. If you don't have at least one (or more) shitty school pictures, you really haven't lived. Besides, we need that comedy gold for our own children someday, so they can say, "Mom, you were a total dork!"

Take it easy on this beautiful Friday, my hooligans!



  1. Too right! Though, I am a fan of airbrushing the senior portraits. Modest airbrushing, that is.

    Picture day came and went around here. Oops.

  2. I agree, the only picture deserving of any real attention is the senior picture. The rest should be them at full dork mode. ;-)

  3. You are too funny! I had my senior portrait "fixed". I don't think we called it airbrushing in the early 90s. But they took out fly away hairs and acne (if needed) and gave a the whole thing a fuzzy flawless appearance.

    I had my faculty yearbook portrait taken last week. I planned out my blouse so the color would be flattering and made sure my mascara and lipstick were reapplied before they snapped my photo. They don't give us an edit option or I would have likely chosen it.

  4. We didn't buy Nooze's picture last year. A friend took the pictures the year before that.

    This year's photo samples are sitting on the counter. We have the option of purchasing them on line, which will probably be our option.

  5. Yeah, so it is hard to follow India there but....

    I've been catching up this morning. I'm sorry to hear of your summer struggles but it sounds like you are in a better place. I hope things continue to improve for your entire family.

    The whole school picture thing is overrated. I don't think my Mom could lay her hands on my school pictures even if I offered her money. And my kids don't even go to school (weird homeschoolers, you know) so school pictures are usually of Nicholas in his pajamas working on something at the kitchen counter. Once upon a time I had good intentions.

    It's good to see you back.


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