Tuesday, September 08, 2009

The Lamest Mom There

The lamest team mom there. That's how I felt after Saturday's cross country (XC) meet.

Why?

First of all, my camera was set on some weird setting that I needed for Oneighty. I forgot to reset it to normal befor XC. So ALL of the pics are blurry.

Secondly, behold the complete and utter photography incompetence:













Yes, I actually had a prime place "in the chute," standing there waiting for her, anticipating the best pic ever (for me). I saw a girl running all by herself in our uniform, and I said to myself, "I hope she comes through alone. But this girl is a blonde, so I know it's not her." The runner came closer, and I realized it was my girl, and so I scrambled to get the pic, holding the camera up to my face to discover it had automatically shut off! By the time I got it turned back on, she was completely across the finish line, and I wanted to punch myself in the face after stomping the camera to death. Fantasy.

I hope you can learn something from me, the mom feeling weird in the parental smack-talk T-shirt with zero photography skilz. I'm not sure what that lesson would be though, except "Don't be me." In fact, strive to become the "Anti-Lid." It's what all the competent team moms do.

31 comments:

Staci Danford said...

That one made me laugh.. Don't you just love a day that keeps your humble.. ha
Staci

Debbie said...

I am laughing! We have all had that experience in one form or another.

beckyjomama said...

But, hey, I'm pretty sure some of the other mom's will appreciate your photog skillz ... ya know, the moms whose kids you DID get pictures of!

Mrs. E said...

Pic or no pic, you were there! It breaks my heart when I go to a race and some of the runners have no one there for them. Worse yet, the ones who have no parent at Senior Recognition. It happens! She'll remember her mom was there. (And the pictures will be shoved into a box.)

Rebecca. Harlan, IN said...

Your comments on the photos MADE MY DAY! I took pictures with my new cell phone at one of our rare family gatherings yesterday. I spent close to an hour cropping them last night trying to get my finger out of the way. I succeeded (on most counts) after deleting 1/2 to 2/3 of many of the pictures! Ugh.

We ALL can see your good intentions! And actually, the pictures you DID take turned out quite well. Maybe you could sell them to the parents who weren't taking their own????

Deb said...

Hi Linda,
I just read your post at the internet cafe so I thought I would check out your blog. I can totally relate to your picture taking. I had a son who ran XC. I had pictures of him behind trees, the back of his head, his team mates and sometimes people I did not even know. I am glad to know that I'm not the only one who has these problems.

Also I just want to thank you for the post at the internet cafe. I was just worrying about my son going to an ultimate frisbee tournament. Your post reminded me that I need to give all my worries to God. Thank you so much.

Deb V

Susanne said...

Oh you crack me up. You do have my sympathies because when half are wearing the same thing how on earth do you tell them apart? When my girl played rugby I had the same prob. Never could find her on the field.

Maybe next race she could have neon orange shoelaces or something?

Mocha with Linda said...

Oh, this sounds so much like me. Sometimes I don't even take my camera because I find myself missing the picture AND missing the experience because I was trying so hard to take the picture.

Your being there is what meant the most to her.

Jeanette said...

I agree with Mrs. E! She will remember that you were at her meets and that you cared enough to snap away (even if there are no pics of her gorgeous face)! The pics don't matter, it is the "being there" that counts!!

Dawn said...

At least you remembered the camera. By the 10,000th meet, you'll have it down. . . and it did make for a very funny post.

The Bug said...

I'm a terrible action photographer, so I think you did great!

H-Mama said...

lesson learned... be there. check. i'm sure that's what she will remember in the end, right? good job mom! ;)

Thena said...

Been there done that. But have to agree we seem to miss some of the moments because we're so busy taking the pics.

Melli said...

ROFLMBO! I have soooooo been there! I feel your pain! And I know misery loves company! And when you discovered that they were all blurry and you'd missed THE fabulous shot... did you're daughter then say "that's what you get for stalking me." ??? LOL! You'll get her NEXT time!

nikkipolani said...

Okay, so crack photographer you're not, but your story sure had me smiling -- well done, you! And your daughter, of course :-)

Melanie @ This Ain't New York said...

If it is any consolation, many of my kid's horseback riding pics are of the horse's rear.

I love the pic of the lady peeking behind the tree. I'd be tempted to say, "BOO!"

Darla said...

that's hilarious, and i soooo relate!

2Thinks said...

Same thing happens to me with pictures and camera settings. I just don't understand all these settings.

But you were there and she knows you were there and definately everyone else knows you were there for her- it's very good to be there for someone and have someone there for you and to be the one who was there. So. You're good.

Debbie @Like a Rose said...

HEE -larious!

Jewel said...

You know, I moved a lone freshman into her dorm earlier this week; she came without parents. I wonder if her mom was on the other side of campus photographing other students as they moved in....

See my blog and note the reference I made to you! HA.

Ballerina Girl said...

Don't you just hate when that happens...

:)BG

skoots1mom said...

you're such a HOOT!! do ya'll say that in IN??
this reminded me of when we go to the beach for spring break and I have such a hard time locating my child out of the 146 or so that go...when they're all dressed in the same shirt for the final picture on the beach I always threaten to take away the bull horn from our youth director so I can find her.
thanx 4 the laff!
Yours is a bit lighter than my post today :)

Dawn said...

My son was in XC for two years. I consider myself a pretty good hobby photographer. However, in the two seasons he ran, I have ZERO good photos of him. We always joke, "Wow, even the trees were moving fast - look how blurry they are!" LOL

Debbie said...

AHHH!At least your pictures are clear, though.

Kim said...

Hey, at least you had your camera and got great photos of her back and top of her head :-) I'm the mom who completely forgets the camera.

Kelly Combs said...

You're beautiful, fit, an excellent writer & funny. If you were a good photographer too, I'd have to hate you. THANK GOODNESS YOUR PICTURES WERE NOT GOOD. LOL! ;-)

Ken Lee you!

lailani said...

lol! Been there, done that! What a great job of making it fun though!

Angela said...

Still laughing...and I so needed to laugh today

SouthLakesMom said...

I was watching my kids fence tonight. My son took off his mask and I discovered oops! Not mine! He's grown so much this last 6 months I hadn't realized he was the TALLEST one now!

Lelia Chealey said...

Oh, this would be me. My camera wasn't even charged to the fullest this weekend so I missed out on all the really cute pics. You'll probably catch on the Saturday there is no meet. ;)

Becky said...

I am afraid I share your affliction. I have 100s of pics of moments just past. :-p