16 November 2008

School Pictures

In her brilliant book Operating Instructions, Anne Lamott grieves that no matter how wonderful a mother she might somehow become to her son, he'll still have to endure seventh grade.

She might just as well have been talking about the annual humiliation inflicted upon our beloved children by the Powers That Be: school pictures.

Wouldn't you think that modern digital photography would mean that stuff like this wouldn't happen any more?

Frankly, we're of the opinion that if we wanted good pictures of our kid, we'd take them ourselves. But ya know, you just gotta have school pictures. It's ceremonial.

They're offering retakes. We're taking them up on the deal. Yes, that way she can have not one but TWO incriminating pictures on her record...

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