Thursday, October 19, 2006

Picture Day

In my first grade picture my two front teeth are missing, I have messy hair, and I am wearing a tatty blue and white crotcheted poncho. If you look closely, you can see that UNDER the tatty poncho, I have on a red dress.

My mother had dressed me carefully that morning in my nice red dress and combed my hair. At the last minute, she decided it was a bit chilly out and popped my old poncho over my head. My class had its time for pictures just after morning recess. This meant that my hair was a mess and I forgot to take my poncho back off again. The results were a disappointing first school picture. As I recall there was even a bit of discussion as to whether the picture would actually be sent to the grandmother who had a thing about messy hair.

Today was picture day at my kids' school. I was all set to give myself very high marks in the competent parenting department because:

1)We remembered it was picture day.
2)We launched a successful search and rescue mission for the picture order forms which came home from school ten days ago and promptly disappeared into the black hole of countertop clutter.
3)We made sure the kids had bathed recently and were wearing clean shirts that did not have words on them.

But as I was pulling out of the school parking lot this morning, I noticed one little girl whose Mom is the team mom for my son's soccer team. She was wearing just the cutest little dress and her hair had obviously been Worked On. The Mom kissed the little girl goodbye and walked back towards her home across the street which has a fabulous display of homemade Halloween decorations all over the front yard.



seekinghim said...

That is hilarious!! I spit the water I was drinking right out of my mouth when I read the last line! I am SO with you on this was picture day at our house today as well. After finding the stupid form and writing a check for $28 for pictures that are bad 90% of the time, I was feeling like the good mom. When my 5th grade daughter came down in a Dallas Cowboys football jersey (recently bathed) I laughed to myself thinking of the moms who were home curling hair and ironing dresses. My daughter would DIE before she wore a dress in a school picture or let me put a bow in her hair!

Anyway, thanks for the chuckle!

reverendmother said...

I also laughed out loud. To the point that R asked me what was so funny and I responded, "You had to be there."

Thanks for the laugh!

will smama said...

Way to have your head on your shoulders... AWESOME punchline.

ppolarbear said...

hee hee

Sue said...

Love this.

Preacher Mom said...

Amen, sister! And thanks for the laugh!

cheesehead said...

Welcome to California, my dear.

lutheranmom said...

Thanks for the laugh!!

St. Casserole said...

Yeah, those kind of moms are everywhere.


SpookyRach said...

You rock. I hate "muthas".

Sue said...

I"ve heard them referred to as "Alpha Moms"

Teri said...

I don't like those moms, and I'm not even a mom.

My pictures from "picture day" (at church) arrived today. I remember them being cuter, but they'll do. :-)

Ginger said...

:) Good, good stuff here! I feel ya!

I noticed, in the middle of church last week, that my kid (4 yrs., boy child) was wearing a kelly green and navy T-shirt that said "Rockstar" (gift from his grandmother), black cords, red-and-royal-blue socks and Darth Vader tennis shoes -- complete with bed head. Sigh. I try. I do.
But some days... if he ain't nekkid, I can't really care.