Tuesday, October 28, 2014
What with setting things up for the photographer, and getting ready to check people in, not to mention trying to get my own family presentable for pictures (no small fete if you remember), I thought I'd take a few moments to procrastinate and list here all the things that are par for the course on such a monumental occasion.
1. It is raining. Naturally. A drenching, everything's going to get wet no matter what you do or how you hold the umbrella rain.
2. It's humid and cool outside.
3. Our church is in an old building, and the furnaces have all been lit and the thermostats set for winter. So it's rather warm inside.
4. My hair. Not good on the best days, but the combination of #1-3 means that my picture will resemble a portrait of Carrot Top without the red.
5. Nick has a cold sore. I've been slathering him with Carmex for three days. I've threatened to break out the makeup if necessary.
6. I ordered new suits for the boys. Great deals on $400 wool suits that I got for $62 a piece.
7. They came in time.
8. None of them fit.
9. Nick has five white shirts. They are all dingy and ill-fitting.
10. I broke into Christmas presents I had set aside to get him a decent shirt for the pictures.
11. I realized two days ago that the boys all looked rather scruffy.
12. They're getting their hair cut today.
13. I'm sensing that today will be the day they get the Mad Stylist at Great Clips who will brandish the scissors with glee and they'll come back looking--you know.
14. I hate taking pictures. I always have.
15. The first photographer got here and she's very young and very pretty.
16. It will take forever for my boys to quit showing off and settle down to pictures.
I know I didn't end with some nice round number, but I don't usually have a list of 10 or 20 when I'm doing a list, so why start now?
I have decided that I will embrace this adventure with the following thoughts in mind:
1. Presenting a perfect picture of us would be false and misleading.
2. These people have known us for a year now. They ought to know that what you see is what you get.
3. I've lowered my standards from "perfect" to "mediocre". I think we can hit that reasonably well.
4. I've reminded myself that, once we're done, I never have to look at the picture if I don't want to.
5. Lastly, I've realized that it's only natural to say "cheese" with all the hams we have in our family.