LittleDuckling: Mom, I have picture day coming up. You need to fill the form out and write a check.
Me: Ok. Put the paper on table by the front door so I will remember when I see it. (needless to say - it did not get done.)
Monday, 8:15 am. Dropping kids off at school.
Me: Why are you taking the "Fro" wig to school?
LittleDuckling: Cuz I'm gonna wear it.
LittleDuckling: Cuz Halloween is coming and we are allowed to.
Me: Weird. Whatever. Have a good day! (i continue to drop off kids and head to work)
Monday, 8:40 am. Cell phone rings. It is the school.
LittleDuckling: Mom. Picture Day is TO-DAY! and you NEED to come and fill out my paper and bring a check.
Me: Crap! Serious? Ok - I'll be there in a sec. What shirt do you have on?
LittleDuckling: My Blue Arizona one.
Me: Well, I'll go home and grab a nice sweater too. Oh - and shall I grab a brush for your hair? Does it look messed up from the wig?
LittleDuckling: Oh. That. Um...I'll just wear the Fro for the picture.
Me: EXCUSE ME???
LittleDuckling: Hang on. I gotta say the "pledge".
[pause for recitation of "The Pledge of Allegiance"]
LittleDuckling: I'm just going to wear the Fro in the picture.
Me: Over my dead body, you will! You're not wearing that in the picture.
Me: Because I said so.
LittleDuckling: Mom. Please. Just let me wear it.
Me: I am not going to pay for school pictures to have you wearing some Fro wig! If you wear that in the picture, I will kill you! Do you understand?
LittleDuckling: Fine. Bring a brush.
What on earth was he thinking??? I was telling this to Big-D, who (like a boy) replies, "That's Awesome!" in between breathless laughter. He points out, "Can't you just see it now? His class gets their class photo taken and he is wearing the Fro???" And of course LittleDuckling being the smallest kid in the class, would be on the front row!!!
Apparently when he arrived in class, the teacher asked if he planned to wear that in the picture, to which he replied, "yes". She followed up with, "Does your mother know you're wearing that?" To which he (honestly) replied, "Yes." But, she figured it out when she asked for his order form and it was completely blank. "Go call your mother," she said.
Thank you Mrs. Teacher! It's a good thing I HADN'T already filled that form out, or I'd be looking at a Kid-with-a-Fro in a few weeks.
Now, Rewind about 5 years ago...
FunnyMan was in 4th grade. His school had 2 picture days; 1 in the fall and 1 in the spring. This way you could see how much your child has "grown" in 6 months. Or as I like to put it- another way for the portrait studio to suck more money out of us. So, the one in the Fall is the traditional school photo shoot. The one in the Spring is "supplemental", and the kids are encouraged to bring props if they would like. Anyway - the pictures arrive a few short weeks later and FunnyMan is wearing SUNGLASSES!!! I asked him why on earth he would do that?
FunnyMan: Well - they told us we could bring props. I didn't really have any, and I thought these would look cool.
Me: But, I can't even see your face - I can't see what you look like!
The bad part is there were no retakes since it was a "supplemental" photo shoot. I sent the pictures back to the school, and refused to pay for them. I then asked myself, Why would the photographer allow such a thing? Perhaps they thought he was a blind kid.