I can't make this stuff up. #worstmomoftheyear PDF Print E-mail
Written by OHmommy   
Thursday, 25 February 2010 00:00

Yesterday, I lost touch with the last remaining ties I had with parenting perfection. Read: No longer in the running for mother-of-the-year award.

 

When I became a mother I had this great ball of yarn before me. It was intertwined with endless shades of cotton embodying my vision of "perfect" parenting. Organic home made baby food! Delicate papers framing photos in scrap books! Peaceful parenting! Bi-lingual children! Nursing my babies until preschool! Matching socks! Bed sheets washed weekly! A gentle snip-snip here of the yarn. Uncontrolled unravel there. And I quickly realized that the ball was getting smaller; but, as long as I held onto the last remaining threads there was hope.

 

I had grand plans of carefully hanging years worth of picture perfect memories, framed and matted in the same style on the most delightful shade of blue wall paint that adorned our rec room, where our family gathers.

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I imagined hanging photographs side-by-side of my children at the same stages in life.

 

Jay photographed for the first time not in my presence, but under the supervision of his first preschool teacher, in a handsome olive sweater that was worth twelve happy meals. Lola at the same stage, in her first preschool portrait, in a huge white bow I customed ordered online costing me fifteen boxes of mac-n-cheese. I left a spot on the wall open for Fifi's first school picture experience and was looking forward to hanging her photo next to her siblings.

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Only. I forgot. I totally and utterly forgot. Until the phone rang.

 

"Hello? Mrs. Karwowski?"

"Yes?"

"This is the principal of Save Us Jesus Preschool."

"Oh-oh."

"No. Everything is fine."

"Oh?"

"Today is picture day and you did not sign the release form. Can we photograph your daughter?"

"Oh. .......... (silence)......... Oh! My! Gawd! She's wearing a cheerleading costume!"

"Yes ma'am. Yes she is. Can we take her picture?"

"Yes." I agreed, silently hanging my head in shame. "But to my defense we had a really hard morning. She really likes her cheerleading costume. It's 100% cotton, you know?"

 

Yesterday was portrait pick up day, where the entire preschool gathers and waits in lines as parents (one-by-one) view photos in makeshift frames propped up on velvet tablecloths. I had to warn the mothers behind me not to laugh or smirk or talk behind my back while I viewed the outcome of picture day because "I totally forgot and Save Us Jesus preschool really should email people all the memos instead of stuffing backpacks with paper. Seriously, it's not very green of them. And how much paper is Teddy Bear Photography Studio of Ohio wasting in printing out $135 packages of photos when all I want is an 8 by 10 print to hang on my perfect blue wall of photos in the rec room? So not green, they should email the proofs." Tisk, tisk. I shook my head and successfully managed to divert their attention from my ill parenting to saving the world.

 

While the mothers behind me, huddled to create a new green campaign for the future of SUJ preschool I ducked out of line to check out my third child's preschool photos.

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Don't adjust your computer screen people! Those are real flakes of oatmeal on her cheerleading shirt (that's two sizes too big for her) and real nose wipes on the rolled up sleeves.  I will proudly frame and hang it.

 

The story could end right there.

 

But have no fear. My life is full of awesomeness. And luckily for you there's more.

 

This year Save Us Jesus preschoolers received complimentary tee-shirts with their own school photos!  Yay!!!  A constant reminder of a parenting fail picture day...

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The shirt (now a favorite of the toddlers and will be worn until it's unrecognizable, all throughout Cleveland, I am sure) screams LOOK AT ME. I LET MY DAUGHTER DRESS AS A CHEERLEADER FOR PRESCHOOL PICTURE DAY.  I can't make this stuff up.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 February 2010 16:04
 

Comments  

 
# laskigal 2010-02-25 00:39
That t-shirt speaks volumes . . . and think of the awesome story she'll have to go with it.

Quite honestly, she's adorable, real, and looks totally comfy--in all her oatmeal and 100% cotton glory.

I remember the days when picture day meant the little plastic comb, mommy gel (mom's saliva), and really, really bad lighting.
 
 
# pamela 2010-02-25 00:43
Dude. She's a preschooler. They're always going to get dirty. You don't give yourself enough credit. You're a mommy of THREE! I LOVE the picture and I think she is beautiful!
 
 
# Debbie 2010-02-25 00:50
This blog made me laugh out loud! School pictures are priceless. You will cherish that photo always.
 
 
# Natalie 2010-02-25 01:11
haha love it! Your daughter is adorable, by the way :)
 
 
# kathyo 2010-02-25 02:03
Hey at least she is wearing a cheerleading uniform to the right school.... it is all that matters... whould you feel better if it was harvard?
 
 
# Margarita 2010-02-25 02:54
OMG That is the least of your worries - and imagine the cute stories you'll be able to tell when she's older - how she insisted on wearing her costume that day ;)
 
 
# Lisa 2010-02-25 05:04
Oh, I loved it! I am momma to four, and sometimes stuff just sneaks by. Last spring, my youngest was finishing his kindergarten year. At our school they have this big pillow making extravaganza. Your child brings a yard and a half of fabric in to school and some wonderful moms volunteer to bring their sewing machines. They make pillows, all the kids sign them. It's glorious. I have done this three times prior. I know the drill. One May day, around 12:45, I see the folded note on the counter. The pillow party had started at 12:30! And my poor baby (the one my older children say is spoiled!) is at school with no fabric. I jump in the minivan, race to Walmart, pick out some fun Spongebob fabric and get it to school in 20 minutes (no joke!). But it's still 35 minutes after the pillow making fun had started. All the moms of the kindergarten first borns were there, looking at me with raised eyebrows and pity for my neglected last born. My darling boy was happy to see me, was kind of clueless that we were supposed to bring fabric and came out after school proudly carrying his new pillow. No harm done, except for whatever years this anxiety shaved from my life! I have to say that this is the first time I have been able to think of this event without feeling physically sick. It's been nearly a year. Time heals I guess, and what does it matter? We don't live in a vacuum, it's an imperfect world with wonderful stories! I loved your post!
 
 
# Stephanie M. Gresham 2010-02-25 07:04
I'd feel bad for you if I had remembered to purchase the school pictures this year. I forgot about picture day AND forgot to send money AND lost the order form.
So my kindergartener's hair was wonky and I have no token pose or smile to show for her first year of elementary school.

You have a good, fun memory. I got nada.

Love this post. Adorable photo. Oatmeal crusties and all.
 
 
# Laura 2010-02-25 07:21
I almost spit out my coffee!!! She is so incredibly adorable and you will treasure that photo for all the years to come!!!!
 
 
# Sherry 2010-02-25 07:30
Ha....I needed that laugh today!! Thank you! Thank you!! Too funny. My oldest wore her Minnie Mouse dress to school for a week in preschool (a few times backwards). Then she went through the bicycle helmet stage. It makes for great laughs now. This will happen many times to the third one...mine youngest is in 4th grade and these things still happen on picture day. We always forget and she always has on some weird combination of clothes or a spring break sweatshirt. Love the dried oatmeal!!
 
 
# traci 2010-02-25 07:38
There is strength in numbers-last year picture day was the monday we were back from Jamaica. I didn't remember. B was wearing her swim team tshirt and her hair was A WRECK, she had readjusted her athletic style headband and undone 'teddy bear ear' (read:buns). V was wearing long underwear underneath his faded LeBron jersey. It happens. Sometimes, even with the FIRST child. Sometimes, even 10 year later.
 
 
# Kaci 2010-02-25 07:44
Adorable though…oh come on…she still looks all cute and stuff in her baggy sweatshirt. I had high hopes too of being the perfect mother and it all failed on the day I gave birth. =)
 
 
# designHER Momma 2010-02-25 08:11
I kinda love this a lot. And not because it happened to you, but it's happened to me too. Except it wasn't a cheerleading outfit - it was basically an old (nasty) T-shirt. (and yes, it too had breakfast all over it).
 
 
# Kelly 2010-02-25 08:21
That is hysterical!
 
 
# Amy 2010-02-25 08:25
She's absolutely adorable! At least her hair was done!

Listen, if that's the worst thing you ever do...
 
 
# DE Heather 2010-02-25 08:25
If that is your biggest fail then I think you are doing okay.

I think that photo captures Fifi's personality and she looks (and is) so happy. Mission accomplished.

Don't beat yourself up over it. xo
 
 
# HaB 2010-02-25 08:38
But would you really want it any other way? That picture, oatmeal flakes, dried snot and all, is so Fifi! So beautiful and perfectly Fifi! Look on the bright side - at least she is content to wear cloths. I have a head strong toddler that constantly wants to be naked. :)
 
 
# chickadee 2010-02-25 08:56
LOVE LOVE LOVE! cutest. thing. I have EVER seen!
 
 
# Kim 2010-02-25 09:02
I love it....
It makes me so much better that you really aren't perfect ;) cause until now I thought you were a figment of my imagination. It's a great picture and now you and her have that special memory. If every picture was perfect...then what would you talk about when you looked upon them later in life...this will make you smile till you are old and gray....(have no fear, gray hair will be cool someday...someday)
 
 
# Tara R. 2010-02-25 09:30
This isn't a failure! This is awesome! Your youngest daughter is her own person already, shaping her own unique personality. I think it's great! You wouldn't believe some of the hair styles my daughter asked me to create for her, and she was thrilled to wear them, despite my own chagrin. She is now a wonderfully independent, beautifully coifed young lady.

Fifi is priceless and she looks marvelous in her photos.
 
 
# Sara 2010-02-25 09:35
best.preschool.picture.ever. You're a riot!!
 
 
# megan 2010-02-25 09:46
you totally win mom of the year! b/c to win it you need to realize that winning it means that it's OK to NOT be perfect and the award means that your kids are HAPPY!
Love the picture - I'd hang it proudly!!!
 
 
# Peyton 2010-02-25 09:53
I'm new to your blog, and just love it!

Can I just say this made me laugh out loud, because my mother did the exact same thing for my 3 year old preschool picture! The picture still makes us laugh because I had major bed-head and was wearing definite "play" clothes, not "school photo" clothes. My mom was mortified too, but now we can look back and laugh.
 
 
# Renny 2010-02-25 09:54
Oh I cannot tell you how much this made me laugh! It happens. Once they get their awkward looking jr. high pictures you'll feel a lot better about this one.
 
 
# indy 2010-02-25 09:55
I am crying. I love the dirty uniform. So third child. So not like you. So funny.
 
 
# clevelandsaplum 2010-02-25 10:01
god this is so damn funny!!! i remember reading your tweets about this, but the picture puts the icing on the cake.

just think of how much fun she is going to have with this when she gets older! it's hysterical
 
 
# Kim 2010-02-25 10:06
seroiusly, this post made me laugh out loud at work.. you are most awesome and she looks beyond happy..
 
 
# Marinka 2010-02-25 10:08
I'm sure that eventually I will be able to stop laughing. But it won't be for a while.
 
 
# Loukia 2010-02-25 10:25
You're pure awesome-ness! Haha... a great story to tell when she's older, right?
 
 
# Sara @TomTheGirl 2010-02-25 10:43
I absolutely love this. The best part? How damn cute she is in that cheerleader outfit. =)
 
 
# kasia 2010-02-25 11:01
omg her sleeves are dirty! and rolled up bc its clearly to big. I love that she has this picture. so perfect, actually.
 
 
# Cate 2010-02-25 11:12
Brilliant! I laughed out loud! Keep it up. I try to aspire to your level...
 
 
# April 2010-02-25 11:16
I haven't laughed this hard at a blog write-up in I don't know how long. LOVED. IT!
 
 
# chrissy 2010-02-25 11:35
I just laughed so hard that I had to run and pee. Priceless! This is just priceless.
 
 
# lceel 2010-02-25 11:54
I love that picture. It will always be the ONE picture you have of her as she really was - not some pre-washed, scrubbed up and glossed over girlie girl, but HER. As she is. Like my Mom used to say - "Warts and all". I LOVE that shot.
 
 
# stephanie Griffin 2010-02-25 11:54
You're seriously going to love that picture in a few years!
 
 
# Emily 2010-02-25 12:15
Your post made me laugh out loud! It's a perfect picture of Fifi. Captures her essence! Love it.
 
 
# clevelandpoet 2010-02-25 12:38
I think it's pure awesomeness
 
 
# jimaiemarie 2010-02-25 12:40
hahahaah!!! the nose wipes on the sleeve are my favorite part, my 3 yr old is ALWAYS sporting those and it drives me nuts, so gross! LOL!
I just love that they made a tshirt, OF COURSE they made tshirts right??
HILARIOUS.
 
 
# Lacie 2010-02-25 12:43
Oh my goodness....thank you so much for the laugh to today. Not at your expense...but because we have ALL been there a time or two.

~ Lacie
 
 
# melissa @ girlymama 2010-02-25 12:52
i always forget picture day too.

on the bright side, we have a series of HILARIOUS school pictures... and my oldest is only in first grade ;-)
 
 
# soccermom 2010-02-25 13:16
It happens to the best of us. I have one "those" school photos for my son also. All you can do is look back on it later in life and laugh. She is still beautiful, even in her cheerleading costume.
 
 
# Brandy 2010-02-25 13:18
That's hilarious! I love that you let her wear the uniform to school. My little one is only 7 months, but when he gets to the point where he wants to pick out his own clothes, I will totally let him wear his football uniform with cowboy boots... if that's what floats his boat!
 
 
# Keyona 2010-02-25 13:33
I'm sorry to laugh but we've all been there. Lael went through a chewing on her sleeves phase and so her sleeves are wet in one of her school pictures. I hung it up anyway because it helps me remember that cute phase and that was the REAL her at that age.
 
 
# Lisa 2010-02-25 13:48
I was laughing out loud reading this. Not at you, but with you because I know I too will have this happen. And look at how happy she looks in the picture and how proud she looks with her tshirt?!? Perfect!
 
 
# Carol 2010-02-25 14:00
That is great! Snot, oatmeal and all!
 
 
# Katherine Long 2010-02-25 14:01
Hi Pauline
This story is priceless- I love it- so funny and adorable!

Looking forward to seeing you at Kash's wedding

Katherine ( Kasia's old NYC roommate!)
 
 
# Sam 2010-02-25 14:51
these are character building moments for our children. They NEED it :)
 
 
# Heidi 2010-02-25 15:15
Oh my God and Save Us Jesus. I am totally wiping the tears from my eyes from laugh so hard. This is fantastic. You will hear about this for the rest of your life, you know. We still hold this kind of stuff over my mom's head all of the time. And I'm 40. She looks absolutely perfect, by the way.
 
 
# Jinnie 2010-02-25 15:42
I envy you; in a very good way of course. Your child is still so young. (my baby is going to be 16) You are in the BEST years...and you have the photos to prove it. What did you want? A prissy little princess dressed in perfect garb...or do you want to remember that precious cherub of yours as she truly is? Never mind giving me an answer...I already have one. Why else did you post this loving blog but to show a world of moms we are all perfect in our own subtle ways. Thank you for the memories you have stirred. Cheers to you and hugs to your little darling.
 
 
# allison 2010-02-25 15:42
I nearly spit out my water and laughed so loud that my coworkers came into my office asking me why I was crying.
 
 
# Krissy @ ArtsyMom 2010-02-25 15:45
I use this excuse:

When you have your first child you do everything right. You watch what you eat during pregnancy, watch what you do, read up on everything and do everything to prevent the small chance of things that can occur. When that first child is born you do everything perfectly, sterilize bottles, use bottle warmers, sleep positioners, actually snap all 3 buttons on the onesies, you buy too many clothes, etc....

Once you have your second child things start to unravel. You drink that coffee or soda during pregnancy, maybe sneak some fish. When they're born you might microwave an occasional bottle or throw the bottle in the dish washer. Those onesies have one or two buttons buttoned on the bottom..

Once you have your third, it's completely gone haywire. You microwave the bottles, wash the bottles by hand, kids walk around with onesies hanging completely unbuttoned...

I've been there!! We forget things! :) Your story made me laugh because I can see myself doing the same exact thing
 
 
# Alicia 2010-02-25 16:14
Oh, but it is too adorable!
 
 
# Emmy 2010-02-25 17:50
Just think, someday if she is a cheerleader how wonderful it will be to compare the two pictures side by side :) All part of your plan right??
 
 
# Scouts Honor 2010-02-25 18:57
It happens to all us mommies. :) You crack me up.

~Scout
 
 
# Lucia Paul 2010-02-25 19:53
HAAA! I love it! No, you are not the worst mom.

Please check out my blog badcatholicmothers.wordpress.com/

My lunch with my son and the Archbishop should have you feeling better about yourself in no time!

Again, love the pic!!!
 
 
# dina kay 2010-02-25 20:08
I love this!! Probably because I am guilty, too. My son went to preschool pictures in a raggy old tie dye t-shirt that was so faded it was almost, but not quite white. Nice one, mom.
 
 
# JulieBouf 2010-02-25 20:18
I think I grow more in love with you with every passing day. I've already fallen so behind with my second that if there is a third (and hopefully there will be someday) he/she and Fifi will certainly be able to compare notes. Thank you so much for sharing this story though. Today I let my daughter wear 2 different socks to school. I just recently bought her 4 packs of varying kinds of new socks because we battle every morning over her socks all suddenly bothering her too much. Today she freaked at preschool cause they kept pushing down in her boots. Her teacher told me that she told her she could take them off and my daughter just cried that "her mommy won't let her". As the story was retold to me, I'm sure the teacher was having visions of Mommy Dearest.

And then there's the experiences that are totally out of control. Like my son's hospital newborn picture. There was a malfunction and it could not be processed. It came out as like half a picture. Add that to a hormonal new mom who wants everything to be as perfect for her second-born as it was for her first.
 
 
# Claire G. 2010-02-25 20:39
I LOVED this post. I've been thinking about it all day and laughing to myself. HA!
 
 
# Sarah M. 2010-02-25 21:11
I'm laughing so hard, I'm crying. Seriously. Please, please, please, don't ever stop blogging! We moms NEED you. We all just have to laugh at ourselves, and forgive ourselves :)
 
 
# amy 2010-02-25 21:12
Loved this and I totally agree with Gina..so 3rd child and so unlike you! She looks so adorable:-D
 
 
# jo 2010-02-25 21:13
BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!1
 
 
# Molly 2010-02-25 21:27
Too funny!!! I love the added touch of the crumbs!!
 
 
# Vanessa 2010-02-25 22:04
Haha! Teddy Bear Portraits visited our preschool in Oregon, too! And don't you just LOVE those t-shirts?!? I've conveniently hid my daughter's under all of her long-sleeved shirts. She refuses to wear long sleeves, so I know it's safe there!
 
 
# Sweater Photo 2010-02-25 23:04
Haha life is like that... You always end up laughing at the end of the day anyway
 
 
# Elaine 2010-02-25 23:42
This story just keeps getting better and better!! (you know I just like to tease you about it, right?) Love the tutu. And her. :)
 
 
# Crystal 2010-02-26 08:30
Oh my word this is priceless. I cannot wait to see how many pictures she will show up in wearing this shirt.
 
 
# Val 2010-02-26 08:47
I am laughing so hard at work I have tears in my eyes!!! (I better not get fired over this!) This is hysterical! I'll make you feel better- I got the "silly dress up days" mixed up at my child's preschool and sent him to school in his PJ's when it wasn't PJ day! All day my sweet boy sat in his Superman PJ's while everyone asked him why he didn't get dressed for school!
 
 
# Stephanie 2010-02-26 10:23
Speaking as someone whose general reaction to cheerleaders is to hold a crucifix at arm's length in front of me and look away (back, back!), I have to say, she looks really cute. As folks have already commented, there's nothing wrong with having a picture of Fifi in her natural state. And if it bothers you that much, you can still gussy her up and take her to Sears -- or better still, Ms. Published Photographer, take her picture yourself! 8)
 
 
# Texan Mama 2010-02-26 19:09
Oh Pauline, This is why I love you so much.

Now you have been officially slapped in the face with a good healthy dose of "life happens, and... WE LIVE THROUGH IT." Next year, or in two years, or 5 years, or when Fifi is 18, you will look on this Preschool Picture and think, "I'm glad it happened that way. Really. It captured who she REALLY is. This picture is AUTHENTIC."

After many years of octopus wrangling, I now let my kids choose their own outfits for 50% of our professional photographs. Even if it's a Yu-Gi-Oh t-shirt or Tinkerbell sweatshirt, I let them choose it. I make them have clean faces and combed hair, but their clothes are... uniquely THEIR OWN. It creates wonderful memories.

The other 50% of the time I am the clothing nazi and I make them all matchy-matchy. Those are the pictures that are hardest to elicit a smile from. But I still try.

And, one last thing: Seriously consider joining JCPenneys or Sears or Picture People or something like that. Those school pictures are WAY overpriced and worse quality. Don't use JCP as your main photographer, but they do fine for annual school pix. I never order the ones from Lifetouch.
 
 
# Legallyblondemel 2010-02-26 19:23
I apologize - it has been far too long since I've swung by your excellent blog. Not for lack of interest, mind you, but just too much time on obsessive baby research elsewhere.

Actually, I think this school photo just gets you points in the Cool Mom book; only a truly down-to-Earth mom would be good letting her little girl be, well, a little girl in her school photo (even if accidentally).
 
 
# {The Classy Woman} 2010-02-26 19:40
I just found your blog for the first time now and read this post. I'm sorry to hear that happened. I have a highschool memory of forgetting it was my picture day and getting stuck with a terrible set of photos.

Your post made me laugh. This is REAL life, I love hearing real stories. Too many people expect perfection, but reality is so much more refreshing and fun to reflect back on. Thanks for you post.
 
 
# Kalle 2010-02-26 20:55
Classic! What a great post and memory for your little one. Real life at it's absolute best.
 
 
# Steph @ D&D 2010-02-26 22:44
This will be her favorite picture when she's older. Seriously.
 
 
# Jill 2010-02-27 00:54
OMG! This is my first time here, and holy crap, that's funny! Love the way you tell it..I'm definitely your newest follower!

Have a great weekend!
 
 
# jennifer 2010-02-27 13:30
LOVE.

Nice touch with the oatmeal.
 
 
# mrs.mayhem 2010-02-27 14:04
I would bet that what you view as a parenting fail is actually a SUCCESS from your daughter's perspective.
 
 
# kelley 2010-02-27 22:52
laughing with you babe. WITH you.

And thanks for the reminder. Boo's school photos are TOMORROW. Better wash his hair.
 
 
# 3 Peanuts 2010-02-27 23:31
I am just as bad! i forgot Kate's picture day and she had a Halloween dress o with a BOG pumpkin on it. I would never have had a holiday dress on in a pre-school photo....oh welll, that is what happens with the 3rd child, right?
 
 
# 3 Peanuts 2010-02-27 23:31
Opps make that BIG pumpkin..too much wine with dinner tonight;)
 
 
# Kate Coveny Hood 2010-02-28 07:25
That's one of the funniest stories I've heard in a long time. But at least she looked adorable.
 
 
# Stesha 2010-02-28 12:13
School picture day should be banned. Who buys entire packets of photos anymore?

Anyway, she's picture perfect! Imagine your child taking a picture with rainbow colored socks. True story.

Hugs and Mocha,
Stesha
 
 
# Karen Blados 2010-02-28 17:18
I think she looks adorable!

My mom picked my outfit for kindergarten picture day and I was good ... I wore it until the picture was taken. And then I took it off and refused to put it back on. I think my mom was embarrassed having to come to school with an outfit for her naked five-year-old, and I'm sorry for that, but she never picked out my clothes again.

Knowing my kids inherited my obstinacy, my only rules are no sweatpants, no stains, no holes and no costumes unless it's halloween. They come up with some weird combinations, but the pictures always show who they are that day. Not a bad compromise.
 
 
# Ed 2010-02-28 20:14
Your saving grace throughout the whole ordeal is that at least she's NOT WEARING an Ohio State cheerleading costume.

There is still hope for you!
 
 
# Scary Mommy 2010-02-28 21:07
This post? Is everything I love about you.
 
 
# dysfunctional mom 2010-03-01 02:14
I am SO not laughing. Maybe just a little...
 
 
# Diane 2010-03-01 10:48
Too funny! She's adorable!
 
 
# MissivesFromSuburbia 2010-03-01 16:44
Is that your actual photo wall? If so, may I please come and rehang them? I don't think I'll be able to sleep tonight thinking about it.
 
 
# Jayme 2010-03-01 17:22
That is quite awesome! The hubs and I actually forgot about our 8 yo son's picture day this past Monday. So he wore one of his well-worn school shirts and I am sure that his hair was bad. Luckily we don't have to buy them!
 
 
# Colleen 2010-03-01 21:30
Awesome!

I bet she absolutely loves that picture...
 
 
# Anti-Supermom 2010-03-02 14:06
The t-shirt is what put it all over the top. Hilarious, Pauline!
 
 
# Miss 2010-03-02 16:28
I think that picture is perfect. It's so HER. That IS the Feenster, simple and true.
 
 
# MommyNamedApril 2010-06-02 19:02
props to jill for stumbling this post. i think we could be good friends. love it :-) thumbs up!
 
 
# Büyü 2011-03-25 09:23
I think that picture is perfect. It's so HER. That IS the Feenster, simple and true.
 
 
# Loukia 2012-10-26 13:12
I've already commented on this but just re-read it and for the first time today I have smiled, so thank you for this.
 
 
# Chiloe 2012-10-27 17:56
OMG! I laughing so much !!! :lol: Can't believe you really did that!!! :lol: And the tee shirt !!! :lol:
 
 
# gretchen w 2013-09-11 22:57
this is still so funny, even the second time i've read it.

And still just as true. I still let my kids pick out their own clothes. Only now I don't go to Sears anymore. ;)
 
 
# Heidi 2013-09-12 05:36
This is still one of my favorite stories. I have shared it many times. You have a wonderful knack for storytelling.
 

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Happily married mother to 3 Cleveland natives: Jay the son, Lola the daughter, and Fifi the banshee.

Now in Chicago, IL.

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