at school this week for homecoming. Thankfully someone caught an error in the handout and corrected it before it was circulated. Monday is Pajama Day and Tuesday WAS crazy hair day but then someone realized that Tuesday is also PICTURE day so they changed it to “Dress up Day” and now crazy hair day will be on Wednesday. It would have been hilarious yet tragic if they would have had crazy hair day on picture day.
This year while reading over the picture form I noticed a new option. For an extra nine dollar’s you can have your pictures “corrected.” This means all blemishes, acne, scars, bruises or black eyes can be deleted. What an awful option. Kid’s school pictures are supposed to be a snap shot in time of what they looked like at that point in their lives. To delete the imperfections like acne or a mole is just wrong in my book. The kids must feel awful when the parents choose this option. They probably feel like they don’t look good enough to be in a frame on the living room wall looking as they do each day.
The kids with doctored pictures will grow up thinking they have to look perfect or that their imperfections aren’t acceptable when actually that’s who they are. These pictures are something for them to look back and laugh at when they are adults. My school pictures were awful and my
kids think it’s pretty funny looking at them. But that’s who I was which turned me into who I am.
Just check out that class pictures of me: mean face, racoon eyes and I'm even wearing my hubbies class ring! My hair was awful too and that's one thing that has never changed for me. But back then I loved the picture. And yes, we did have colored pictures back then so don't even go there. This was a picture I grabbed off the Dubuque Senior High website and it was only available in black and white.
Unfortunately it appears as though we may have some “interesting”
pictures this year. Yesterday we worked all day at a car show and it was very cool outside. So cool that I didn’t give sunblock a thought and by the evening Mac’s face was a nice crimson red with sunburn. Yep, my porcelain skinned, freckle-faced redhead had felt the effects of the sun. I felt awful as I even brought sunblock with me but forgot about it. She is dreading going to school today and is dreading picture day tomorrow because she is afraid her class mates will tease her.
Looking back if the form wasn’t already filled out and turned in,
would I have chosen the correction option for the sunburn? After all I will be the one who looks like a bad mom in years down the road and when anyone sees the picture. But I honestly wouldn’t change a thing. I’m not perfect and life isn’t perfect but my kids will always be perfect no matter what they look like and maybe that’s the message I’m trying to send. Everyone is worthy to have their picture proudly displayed in the living room for all to see…even if their clothes are wrinkled, their hair isn’t right or if they have sunburn on their face.
But still crazy hair day on picture day would have been fun.