School pictures came home yesterday. Every year I say I’m not going to do school pictures, I’m going to make an appointment at a studio and get nice pictures done. Maybe every third year do I actually do that – the rest of the time I just write the check and take my chances with the school pics. Here’s what I found in the envelope this year:
Seriously? The photographer says, “Smile!” and this is what you do? John was actually pretty pleased with the pictures: “Mom, they really look like me. I make that expression all the time!” Yes, darling child, and you pick your nose, too, but I don’t want a framed 8 X 10 of that on the credenza, either. And check out the accessories. The black shoestring with the Lord of the Rings Monopoly playing piece knotted in it doesn’t actually look too bad. The ratty piece of variegated yarn with plastic neon pony beads on it is a souvenir from one of his favorite summer camps. The camp was in June, and this picture was taken in September. I’m sure the CDC will be showing up soon to see what nifty bugs they can find in that hunk of yarn – ick. And he does NOT have a bowl cut, but when he puts his fingers in his hair and drags it all forward it certainly looks like he does. I’d have preferred a nice collared shirt, but since there’s a strict dress code at his school he wasn’t going to miss the opportunity to wear a “cool” Hard Rock Cafe shirt. I can’t give him too much grief about that, though. God knows I’ve worn worse in school pictures. Actually, I can’t give him any grief at all.