My Mother and I during “Student of the Month” lunch, 1995.
When I was a kid every time I took a picture I would make the biggest smile I could, even if that meant squinting my eyes so much I couldn’t even see. One day for school pictures in elementary school I posed for my usual picture that looked exact to picture above and the photographer said, “No, no no. Kid, open your eyes! People do not smile that way!”
Like any other kid whose problem was laughing and smiling too much, this threw a blanket of sadness over me that sent me crying home to my mom. When I told her what had happened she came up to the school at like 4 o’clock after the photographer had left and demanded that I had my pictures retaken, because the photographer wouldn’t let me be all smily and happy like I wanted to be. I finally retook them several weeks later at picture retake day and it was such a victory for me just to smile the way I wanted.
My entire life she influenced me to be my own person and make my own mistakes, which has helped shape who I am today. She let me be a free-spirit in life, and I will forever love her for that.
Happy Mother’s Day Mom