Talk about pressure….today is THE day. People have been asking about it; just the other day Will’s grandma asked when it was taking place. Notices were posted at school, a month ago, announcing the details. Today is school picture day.
Picture day is special. Not only does he need to arrive at school on time, dressed, teeth brushed and shoes ties but today, he has to be clean and wearing photo ‘appropriate’ clothing.
That is too much pressure for me.
Last year I selected a solid dark red collared shirt and his photo turned out great. Sadly, not many dress shirt options this year. Pulled a nice red plaid from his shirt drawer but thought too lumberjack-ish. Also considered a dark blue, long sleeved Polo-like shirt but finally decided on a grey sweater vest on top of a white long sleeve shirt. Don’t think he has ever worn this vest or any ‘vest’ before.
Now the hair. Will has near constant bed head so considered actually combing his hair. (yes, a rare thing). Figured it would be easier and probably do a better job, just put a winter hat on his head for the walk to school.
Lastly, the taking of the photo. All morning Will has been “Mr. Crabby.” Not sure what set him off, maybe didn’t sleep well. After walking to school, I took him into the Church room where other kids who normally don’t go to school on Friday were lined up. When it was our turn, Will hid behind me and wouldn’t speak or look at the photographer. I started to get nervous, would he refuse to smile? If so, how would I get him to smile? No smile= bad school photo= I failed today’s most important task.
Luckily, the photographer was a true pro. Within 10 seconds, she accessed the situation, pulled out some generic stuffed animal and had Will laughing with a BIG SMILE. Thank god. Now we just wait.
We shall see how the pictures turn out…..