This week’s winner is fishgirl182! Which reminds me — the kids at preschool were asked what they wanted to be when they grew up. Kidlet’s reply? “A fish.”
Happy Friday, everybody! It’s been an odd week here, up and down for my writing, full of behind-the-scenes updates and the exciting news of a Romantic Times nomination for About Last Night in the Contemporary Love and Laughter category (see me there, sandwiched between Rachel Gibson and Susan Elizabeth Phillips? Holy moly!).
I’m nearing 75,000 words on my work in progress, flailing around a little bit but angling in the general direction of the Black Moment, which is always torturously good fun. But the most exciting thing to happen this week? Kidlet got his first school pictures.
Oh, my lands, they are cute.
And that puts me in mind of the school pictures of yore — the blue backdrop (no fancy “library” backdrop for my household), the high expectations and tension leading up to that one moment when you got a chance to smile just right, and no hope of do-overs.
I remember so many of my school pictures. The first-grade picture (above) when I wore my Cabbage Patch locket and the despised teacher “fixed” my hair at the last minute into a style I hated. The third-grade picture, in which I had extra bottom lip due to chapping from weeks of compulsive licking. The sixth-grade picture, where I wore my new glasses (gigantic, their clear frames now fashionable again) and a pair of wooden feather earrings that I thought were quite chic. (Couldn’t find that one.) So many pictures!
How about y’all? In the comments, tell me a school-picture memory to be entered in today’s giveaway for a $10 gift certificate to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iTunes. I’ll choose a random winner tomorrow morning and notify them by e-mail.