April 20, 2009

Wanting to Wring a Neck

My son graduates from 8th grade in a few weeks. Since our school goes K-8, it's a big deal.

There is a big graduation dinner all the parents and their graduate will be attending on graduation night and we've been asked to supply pictures of our kids for a slide show... pictures of them with their friends.

First, let me state, we are rather clannish. We stick as a family and so most of my pictures are family related. I don't have a lot of pictures of my kids with their friends...

... I realized today.

But what has been damn close to hellish is getting my son's approval on pictures I did find.

Keep in mind, I was going to have to scan these suckers in. I had to not only find them, but hook up my scanner and edit them accordingly.

PAIN.IN.THE.ASS, and the kid doesn't like... any of them.

It's as if he wants to forget he was EVER in Kindergarten or First Grade. He only wants pictures of NOW, with the crazy hair and the teenage body.

No sweet cherubic faces. No chubby clubby hands. No little boy haircuts.


There has been one little girl that has been one of his closest friends since Kindergarten. I have always suspected she was sweet on him... starting 9 years ago.

He won't talk about it.

I found a picture of them together, her making sure she was in the picture and I said, "OH! How about this one?"

His reply? NO!

The other pictures I found suffered from too many children being in the picture that no longer go there. There was one with my son with all his buddies lined up against the Kindergarten wall singing and I said, "Look. The picture is clear, you don't look like a dork, and it's a good picture."

His reply? "Mom, only George and Harry are still at the school. Not one other of those boys are still there... and you can hardly even see Harry's face. NO."

We finally agreed on a couple pictures, after much cussing and gnashing of teeth on my part. But the funny part is, I spent a FULL HOUR looking for First Holy Communion pictures.

I found one of him, a picture of the family... and nothing else.


After reaming him out that I was doing this for him and he was being part of the problem, NOT the solution, in his very deep voice he said, "Mom, let me go to my computer. I think I have a picture of my buddy Sean and I, and... let me see."

So he emails me, which in itself cracks me up... when he emails me and we're in the same daggum house, and there was a picture of his buddy and...

... holy crap... a full class picture in 2nd grade of their First Holy Communion.

Me: Son! Do you now how hard I've been looking? Where in the HELL did you find this?

Ringo: Facebook.

Of course.


Me: Facebook.

Ringo: Nobody knows how it got there. Nobody knows who put it up. Just one day it was under photos.

So now I added that to our list of what to send. I'm waiting for some email from some of his buddies with a couple other pix, but overall, we're finished.

Below the fold are two pix... one that made the cut, and one that did... NOT.

This did NOT make the cut. This was a Spanish project from 6th grade. He had to make a frickin' sombrero of his favorite thing.

I thought his teacher would spit when it came in with airsoft gun pictures all over it. I think she was aghast. Like I give a sh** what that particular teacher thinks... we won't go there.

Anyway, it had airsoft bullets glued to it.

I said, "OH! Let's send this in!" He said, "NO! I look like a dork!" Great.

Spanish Project.jpg

BTW, can you tell my son hails from the mentality, Bigger is Better? He had the biggest sombrero in the class.

This photo made the cut... the only one where he was five...

Student of the Month Ringo Kindergarten.jpg

He was picking out a bumper sticker for having gotten Student of the Month. I don't put bumper stickers on my car... only magnets that declare I did 26.2.

Oh and this one is his fave... this one made it. This was last month at the School Variety show... in his Great Grandfather's hat.

Ringo with Bass.JPG

Posted by Boudicca at April 20, 2009 10:26 PM

Facebook is evil. I'm pretty sure it's going to become self aware and kill us all.

I should click my other open tab (which is opened to facebook) and check....

Posted by: Graumagus at April 21, 2009 01:46 AM

You are much kinder than I. I didn't ask for permission. I sent in my favorite photos. It's mother's revenge. It's a right that should be taken full advantage of.

I would send in the sombrero picture anyway. It will bring back tons of memories and everyone will love it. Except maybe your son.

I need to send you a sign like mine. It reads, "I smile because you are my son. I laugh because you can't do a thing about it".

Posted by: sticks at April 21, 2009 05:44 AM

... yeah.... what Grau said!.....

Posted by: Eric at April 21, 2009 05:47 AM

I think I am going to have nightmares about what Grau said. Yeesh, skeery.

Your son is cheek-pinchingly adorable...oy...that face!

Posted by: Erica at April 21, 2009 07:29 AM

I would have sent the sombrero one! Love him. What a doll.

Posted by: oddybobo at April 21, 2009 07:54 AM

One of these days, he's gonna look at the sombrero pic and go..."dude...that is one sweet ass lid...i shoulda let mom put it in that show."

Posted by: The Friendly Neighborhood Piper at April 21, 2009 08:04 AM

Yeah, my kids do not get a choice either.
Oh, I take it under advisement, but I have the last say.

Besides, I used to film the 'film' and when a particular pic comes up and the class laughs or groans, it's perfect!

Posted by: Rave at April 21, 2009 01:23 PM

Tell your son he is adorable (he'll hate that!) and to be grateful. My sister-in-law is saving a photo of her son taken when he was 2. He is wearing nothing but a tutu and some pink high heels, which belonged to his older sister. There are worse things than ginormous sombreros!

Posted by: PeggyU at April 21, 2009 02:41 PM

Oh I LVOED that sombrero!! They are all great pics, Bou!

Posted by: Richmond at April 21, 2009 04:10 PM

he's one of my Facebook friends. I could embarrass him by uploading the unapproved photos to FB and tagging him for all his friends to see!

I'm eeevil!

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at April 21, 2009 07:36 PM