My daughter says some weird stuff. As do most kids her age. Like, for instance, how her burrito was so big it was the size of a full-grown cat. Or when she was younger I would call her my Honey Bunny. One time I made the mistake of calling her “Pumpkin.” She was quite stern with me in the parking lot of Hannaford as she corrected me and responded “I no you punkin! I you Honey Bunny!” with the most intense look…
She is also a very sensitive and has experienced a lot of loss in her short life. Between the ages of 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 she had already buried a bird (which brought on SOBS for daaayyyyyyysss), her beloved old cat Oreo, her aunt Ginny, her cousin Libby, her great-aunt Marianne, her mom’s best friend “Smith” – all within a year. That and her parents’ divorce.
So, despite her ridiculous mood, I decided to ask her a few somewhat basic questions the other day.
Me: “Do you know what a family portrait is?”
A: “Well, it’s basically a picture of your whole family, but it can include others as well, as we are all one big family, all around the world.”
Me: “What do you like about photographs of your family?”
A: “If someone dies, it helps you remember them so you don’t forget them. I also like to see when I was little and what I looked like and you and dad looked like.”
This is a fact. The kid will drag out each album, box of photographs and scatter them everywhere while she studied each and every one with the same intensity as she did the first time she ever saw them.
Me: “What’s the worst thing you can do before having your picture taken?”
A: “Take off all of my clothes and mess up my hair!!”
I suppose this is true, unless it were a boudoir session, but I didn’t feel up to explaining that … So remember, folks… unless you are in the middle of a boudoir session, keep your clothes on and don’t mess up your hair!
And, if you want to remember what you family looks like 20-years from now so that your kids or grandkids can paw through albums and loose prints and squeal with glee as they find images of their parents and/or grandparents from their younger years doing fun and silly things, then you should write me a note and chat about what would make your heart feel happy about a portrait session.
What’s something weird or wise that your kid has said recently?