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At our expense

It’s happening.

Junior year isn’t quite over and already we’re hurtling into senior year.

Friday’s email stream brought a note from the Greenwich High activities lady: Catherine has three weeks to schedule her senior portrait, which will be taken during one of two weeks over the summer.

EEK! We were just walking her to the bus stop for kindergarten. No matter. There will be plenty of time this school year to lament the passing of time.

As you might guess, the notice sent Catherine into hair-outfit-makeup panic, and got her talking about a radical hairdo change. I tried to talk her out of it, reminding her that THIS will be the photo for the yearbook, that will hang for years in her grandparents’ living rooms … and will be how she is remembered at reunions, etc., forever.

Of course this got her asking about my senior picture and Basil’s. She thumbed through our yearbooks to find this:

Me. Port Chester High School Class of 1984. I remember spending a ridiculous amount of time fussing with my hair and makeup, mixing several lipsticks to achieve just the right color. (The portrait my parents bought is in color.) All these years later, I wish I knew what I was thinking wearing that sweater.

Me. Port Chester High School Class of 1984. I remember spending a ridiculous amount of time fussing with my hair and makeup, mixing several lipsticks to achieve just the right color. (The portrait my parents bought is in color.) All these years later, I wish I knew what I was thinking wearing that sweater.

and this:

Basil. Greenwich High School Class of 1973. Can you see the mutton-chop sideburns?!

Basil. Greenwich High School Class of 1973. Can you see the mutton-chop sideburns?!

Naturally, we had a good, long laugh.

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About Terri S. Vanech

Wife, mother, communications specialist, Jazzercise instructor and recently reunited adoptee. I'm living out loud -- and trying to make it all work -- in midlife. Having a sense of humor sure helps.

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10 thoughts on “At our expense

  1. Senior Year…starting early for sure Terri. Alex already took his senior portrait for next year…..proofs got posted already for picking. The next 12 months are going to be crazy!! 31 years later…wish I could take my senior pic over again

    Posted by Mike Colaluca | May 27, 2013, 7:53 pm
  2. Sounds like you had a quality moment with your family looking at old yearbooks together. (I like the sweater.)

    Nobody ever told me my senior picture would be such a lasting memory for others–that probably would’ve freaked me out. I believe I just tried to look like my best self, freezing that moment in time as any portrait would.

    Funny story πŸ™‚

    Posted by Jackie | May 27, 2013, 6:23 pm
  3. My boys would both attest to the importance of what you wear and your hair. Will’s senior picture was okay; it’s some dance portraits that haunt him, including one that when we received the picture, he immediately left to get his hair cut, something we had been encouraging for weeks! Jon’s senior picture has him with long scraggly hair and a tie-dye t-shirt. He cringes now when he sees it.

    Catherine will look beautiful. And you’ll be pleased with it no matter what.

    Posted by Karen Waggoner | May 27, 2013, 10:40 am
  4. Hi Terry! Returning your “hop” from Saving Jersey Style-love your blog! Such interesting topics, I will be back to see what you think of next!

    Posted by Lissa C | May 27, 2013, 7:42 am
  5. This is the last year my oldest is in single digits. After that, time will go even faster I believe. Time flies when you’re having fun. That cliche is true at least!!

    Posted by ladyinthehouse | May 27, 2013, 6:51 am

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