Have You Embarrassed Your Kid Today?

Kathy the Teenager!
I just found this photo in a drawer and it cracked me up. I was about
17 when it was taken. What were we thinking with those perms? I guess I
was channeling my inner Roseanne Roseannadanna from Saturday Night Live. (See a great 1980 bit from "Gilda Live.")

The
thing that hit me the most was the fact that the current generation of
kids and teens is the most-photographed bunch of children in the
history of the planet. And we parents have a lot more photos of
ourselves as kids than our parents ever had.

Now that
photography has gone digital, it's easier than ever to shoot, and shoot
and shoot (because nothing's cuter than our kids, right?). I know my
son will go into adulthood with his entire childhood pretty darned well
documented.

In fact, Matt asked me to stop scrapbooking in
actual albums a few years ago because he didn't want to have to "lug
the things around with me after you're gone, Mom." (Gee, thanks, kid!)
Instead, he wondered "Can't you just put all my photos on a thumb drive
and hand it to me?"

These days, I guess I can. But I'll also make
sure I scan and include a few ancient photos of Matt's dear old mom and
dad (and the rest of his extended family, too). Besides, it's fun to
have him look at pics like this (when he's at an age where my mere
existence is an embarrassment to him) and hear him say "that's just
weird, Mom."

That's me, kid. Just doin' my job.

 

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