I realize that this is not the typical school picture layout, but there was a story to be told and I couldn't resist! It's more a story about being a Mom....maybe there's someone out there who'll identify with this, or maybe you'll all think I'm crazy! In either event it helped me to do this LO, and laugh at myself!
The journaling hidden under the photo reads: I know I shouldn't have reacted the way I did, but I couldn't help it. Why on earth would you wear your fleece jacket in your school picture? At first glimpse, I couldn't believe my eyes! I said, "James, why are you wearing your jacket??" You simply looked up at me and said, "Mom, I ALWAYS wear my jacket! I never take it off at school!" Ah, now the fog was beginning to lift. Your sister bought you that jacket and you love it almost as much as you love her. I laughed and said, "Oh James, don't tell me you're turning into one of THOSE nerdy boys!! I used to go to school with boys who never took their jackets off all day long!!" To that comment you just shrugged. I guess you're just too young yet for it to hold much meaning.
I tried to explain to you that Mom had chosen a shirt I liked for you to wear in the picture, so that IT WOULD SHOW. Again the lesson seemed to fall on deaf ears. OK, maybe 1st grade is just too young for all of this to sink in. I should be grateful that the picture is TERRIFIC and that your hair at least looks combed, which is an improvement over last year! Dad has me convinced that I should back off and stop being "such a Mom"! I'm trying, I really am!! I'm so proud of my boy, my very bright 1st grader!! The fashion lessons can come later!
1st grade November 2007 Olathe Elementary School Mrs. Jankowsky's class