October 13, 2014
This is the time of year where I start thinking about my family Christmas card picture. I appreciate receiving cards from my friends showing me how big their children and animals are getting. But, I like to include the entire family, preferably decked out on Yankee regalia, except my oldest daughter has denounced baseball and is now wearing all black. How New York of her. So, any chance I get when all of us are together I try to get a family shot. I am particular in that I don't want this shot at a restaurant with a table of dirty dishes. It would be nice if it could be a shot of a place we shared a great memory, but really the hardest part is in getting everyone together at the same time for a group shot. I have reverted to staging something in my driveway where my neighbor came and took the shot. It was a good card but not my ideal location. In order for all of us to be in the shot assistance is required from a friend or stranger. If you looked inside my photo albums, or now in my iPhoto file, you would see great pictures of my family, sans me. I'm the picture taker, the documenter and most women in the family are. Especially new moms, they love to take pictures of their kids. Facebook has allowed her a good reason get some lens time. When logging on and looking back she sees that she's not in the picture and I know she'd like to be in a few. Sometimes you'll hear the excuse "I look awful". When she's 80 years old and looking back over memories she won't care. Get mom in the picture.
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