Yesterday at the park, a kid came up to Zack & AJ and said "hey, you guys want to play tag?" They just glanced at the kid and continued on their way up the jungle gym. I watched from below, wondering whether I should say something.
What do you do when this happens? Because it does, occasionally -- they look like ordinary little boys. Climbing up the jungle gym, they move like ordinary boys. But they won't answer strangers. Most of the time they won't answer me.
Should I have intervened and explained them to this kid? When they didn't acknowledge him, he continued on his way. He didn't seem put out. So I didn't do anything. Actually I was thinking thank goodness Zack didn't bite him....
A few minutes later Zack did bite a little girl in the arm. I hollered to get him to stop and he ran over to me, screaming a little, looking distressed. I picked him up and held him. We stayed for just a few minutes too long, I guess.
So the boys had their school pictures taken a couple of weeks ago, and I got them early this week.
You know how you can usually tell that a kid is "special needs" by their school picture?
Well, you can definitely tell in their pictures. And I hate it.
I was going to scan them in to show you, but I am afraid Lifetouch will hunt me down and sue me.
I just don't know why this has to be so hard, though. I mean look at all the pictures I take of them -- they are great smilers, aren't they? Maybe this is why I don't go to professional photographers though. Maybe this is why I spend money on a great camera for myself and don't let other people take pictures of my boys. I want them protrayed as attractive and "normal" as possible.
But doesn't everybody throw away the bad pictures of their kids? We all do it, don't we -- just keep the good pictures? I'm not the only one who wants good pictures of my kids....
I could just refuse to buy any of them, but these pictures will be the ones in the yearbook. These are the pictures that will represent my boys forever in the 2010-2011 yearbook. I want people to see cute little blonde twins, and not wonder if something is not quite right with them, by the expressions on their faces.
I think I'll go to the school on picture retake day, and try to help the boys to smile and cooperate. I don't know if it'll help, but I have to try.
|Gratuitous nature shot, taken in our own backyard|