Thursday, June 04, 2009

Last Day and How to Get a Good Picture from Your Teenager

Last day of 10th grade, June 3, 2006

How many times have I picked up this child after school? It seems I have picked her up countless times, yet I can't remember all of the different grades, how she looked when she came out--her expressions, her style at that moment in life, etc. It's a blur. So today, I decided to document the last day of her sophomore year.

I knew she wouldn't be happy about my snapping a picture or five. I decided I would care about her happiness another time.

So here she comes out in the rain in the white jacket before she sees the camera.




The camera has now been spotted.





There was some whining and flinging of drama hands, kinda like jazz hands, only expressing angst instead of pizazz.











"But if you want this car to get rolling out of this parking lot one final time to begin your summer, you'd better smile right, Missy."

Ta and da. Nice picture for Mom.

Real reason for picture: Next year she will be driving herself to and from school. Another era ends. Sigh. I love my girl.

21 comments:

skoots1mom said...

we're eagles, too!
:)
dd's adorable as ever...where's Zoe? figured she'd be hitchin' a ride...

Rachel said...

LOL - finding the right motivator is EVERYTHING in parenting! She's a beautiful kid :)

Becky said...

Excellent photo story. Love the angsty jazz hands, lol.

Mrs. E said...

I love it. I never documented the last day, but I like that you captured the end of an era. Way to go, Mom.

Martha said...

I totally understand! My youngest son just finished 10th grade, and after all these years of driving someone to school ( I also have a 22 and 21 year old), it dawned on me that I had just done the last school run because, next year, he will drive himself to school. And I cried. But, not in front of him, because, clearly, there would have been NO explaination for my tears. I guess that is our job~ to grow them up. It sure hurts sometimes...

Susan D said...

Oh how I miss those days too. They flew by and then.....she was all grown up. Enjoy the summer w/your girl. Blessings, SusanD

Jenny wren's nest said...

I think any Mom that takes the time to drive there kid, and save the kid the time and torture of riding the bus should have the right to take pictures.
No calls from Amy yeat?
Jenny

sara said...

that will be me next year!!

Merrie said...

awww... such precious memories...
She is a sweetheart! Those life changing events that seem to pass without being noticed, are THE ones that make the difference. So glad you documented it!

Mocha with Linda said...

Love this!

I feel your angst!

(But why does the title say 2006?)

Susanne said...

All it takes is the right threat! LOL. Those days certainly do fly right by. And that's all I'm gonna say about that or I'll turn into a blubbering mess right before all the dayhome kids are due to arrive.

Angie said...

What a fun idea! As I read the post I thought, "Why didn't I ever do that?" Then I remembered that I homeschool...looks like I need a little more sleep! :) Your girl is a cutie!

Dena said...

My son has had a school permit for over a year, so he has driven himself every morning for the last school year. But, this morning he drove himself & a buddy to a golf tournament 3 towns away --all by himself with no parent next to him in the front seat. Waaaaaahhh! Why do they insist on growing up?

Happy Summer vacation to her though! We've been out for 2 weeks now.

Jeanette said...

Yesterday was our last day too! AND we are also the Eagles :}

My kiddo rode the bus to AND from school. I know, what kinda mom am I??

Enjoy your summer :}

Greg C said...

Get ready for some grey hair Girl. Driving does that to you. I was brown haired last year. :)

Heth said...

It's so bittersweet. Happy 11th grade to your girl.

christy rose said...

Linda,
Super Super Funny! I love the ways that moms can bring a child of hers to do what she says, especially when it comes to maybe embarrassing them in front of their peers. Still laughing at the last pic. hahahaha
Christy

Melli said...

Awwww... was that a *snif* I heard? I think this was a perfectly acceptable occasion for documentation! You know... my last kids graduated High School 3 years ago... I almost MISS that drive to and from school each day! (yea... I said almost!)

Brenda Susan said...

Sweet moments to treasure that's for sure. I love her very expressive face, adorable! The change of a season of your life or your childs is huge, even when you don't exactly know why.

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

I love love love that you took her picture! I'm so gonna do that next year...

PS - She's beautiful.

Angela said...

Love the angsty jazz hands pictures. Sweet girl...funny streak too..like her mama.