So now that I have a second grader and a fourth grader, I have my fair share of school pictures hanging around. Especially now, as the kids actually get them done twice a year. I’m never really appropriately warned or ready. It seems to come right before a haircut, or causes such an upset to our morning routine that I am usually left cursing school picture day. You think they would give us ten extra minutes those mornings. Not a chance.
As you know, I’m all about keeping things real and genuine. Just yesterday, my boys came barreling into the car after school with school pictures in hand. They were jibber-jabbering about them as they entered so I knew something was up. I heard the word “retakes” come out of their mouths several times. Nicholas asked me if he needed a retake because his smile wasn’t so great. He kept telling me to open the envelope at the next stop light. I did and I said , “Oh Nick, it’s cute”. He seemed relieved that he didn’t need a dreaded retake. Then, Vince said “Mom, oh God, oh God, you are going to see my crazy face “. I opened the envelope and could not even contain my laughter. No wonder Vince kept saying the word retake. I’m sure someone happened to mention it to him at the school. I remembered something that Christine always said about school pictures. She says, “The crazier the school picture the more memorable “. Well Chris, I think we won the award for the year.
After I finally contained my laughter, Vince asked “Do I have to do a retake?” I said “No, no retake, that’s the picture!”. He seemed so relieved. After all, these are my boys. My crazy, funny and unpredictable boys!
I did however manage to get the boys haircuts for our family pictures scheduled later this week and even warned Vince to get himself together.