Picture Day (Again)
I say it every year. I swear that I am only going to order the minimum number of school pictures offered. I will NOT go for the Super-Duper Deluxe Premiere Platinum Jumbo package of 785 of the same pose and simply order 1 or 2 school pictures for my wallet and then rely on the thousands of other pictures we take to chronicle the year in photography.
But I never listen to my own advice. Inevitably, I end up with a drawer full of all of the extra photos from that so-called “value.”
It is not a particular fondness for over-priced passport photos that has me ordering in bulk -- so what causes this perpetual lack of sense and ordering restraint every picture day?
Perhaps, I naively believe that somehow I can distribute virtually the same picture of each child in the same uniform in the same pose (cheesy headshot after a plastic comb brush-through making it impossible to even tell if it’s my kid) twice a year (can’t forget the Spring photo session) to every relative, friend, and casual acquaintance in 1 8x10, 2 5x7’s, and 12 wallets. And just in case that portfolio of identical photographs was not sufficient, I can always order the accompanying bookmarks, buttons, magnets, key chains and billboard posters that are now available for an additional "modest" fee.
Or maybe it’s just good, old-fashioned guilt -- something I can find without a telescopic lens. There is just something about those school pictures that sends me huffing on the maternal redemption inhaler every time.
Because I can say “no” to one little face, but saying it to 412 pleading toothless smiles is a bit more difficult for me.