Thursday, July 25, 2013

Theme Thursday: Askew

I'm doing a dual link-up today: I'm on day 4 of a blogging challenge over at Conversion Diary called  7 Posts in 7 Days, and I thought I'd also jump in on Theme Thursday with Clan Donaldson.  It's my birthday, so I can do that.  Right?

Today's Theme Thursday topic is interesting: askew.  I thought about breaking out my Nikon and trying to photograph something crooked or off-center to post here, because above all this link-up is supposed to be about photography.  But instead of doing that, I'm cheating once again and unearthing some old photos, from way, way back when I was a whole lot younger than I am today.  (I was born in 1958, so you do the math. Young I am not.)

I've always thought grade school pictures were some of the best examples of things that are askew that you'll ever see.  Hair, teeth, and/or clothing are often askew in them.

Here's yours truly in second grade, bangs askew.
And in third grade, teeth askew (chipped and crooked).
My hair is askew again, too, if we're being honest.  I had pin-straight hair 364 days out of the year, but on school picture day, my mother insisted on pulling out the pink sponge rollers and giving me "luxurious" curls.  Oy.

Some of my boys' school pictures rival their momma's.  Here's son #3 in first grade.
With that hair, he's a chip off the old block.

And here's son #4 in second grade.
His hair is impeccable.  But his front teeth are a bit of a mismatch.  (Something's askew here!)

At our boys' Catholic elementary school, they had a picture re-take session, for those parents who didn't think the first shot had come out good enough to justify buying one of the packages, but we never did those. It's the imperfection--the askew-ness--that I love about these photos in the first place.  (We never didn't buy a package.)

We get a good laugh when we look at our little-kid selves, all askew in all our unsophisticated awkwardness. (One of my husband's sisters wants to make a "wall of shame" in their family homestead, where she and her siblings post all their most unattractive school pictures.)  But to me, imperfect images such as these are so endearing and sweet.  They're so REAL.  Because let's face it, we don't walk around ready for our close-ups most of the time.  Usually, there's something slightly askew.

There is with me, anyway.  What about you?


21 comments:

  1. Ah the joys of school pictures. My 4th grade picture still bothers my mom because "how could your teacher not come after you with a brush or a comb?" I am certain I wouldn't have let her anyway. Love you as a tike, I think your curls are cute.

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    1. Oh, and your mom's comment made me laugh. It makes me want to see that 4th grade photo! :)

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  2. Happy Birthday Laura!

    And, those school pictures are absolutely adorable...I love them!

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  3. I just love that nubby toothed little boy!

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    1. "Nubby-toothed"--that made me smile. I love that little guy, too (as well as the big guy he morphed into).

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  4. I'm a fan of those askewed bangs ;)

    Happy birthday, Laura! I'll offer my rosary for you today. God bless!

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    1. I'm so touched that you're going to offer a Rosary for me! Best gift ever! :)

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  5. Happy Birthday!
    What a wonderful take on the theme!

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  6. Happy Birthday!! Maybe we can Skype later?

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  7. Good take on the theme and hope you have a happy birthday!

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    1. Thanks, from one Laura to another. :)

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  8. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIG LAURA! Have a great day!
    (And are those two first photos your second son with a wig on?!)

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    1. Ha ha!! Yes! There's a picture of son #2 as a little guy that looks exactly like the first picture of me up there, without the hair! Someday I'll post them together.

      Good eye, Little Laura, good eye! :)

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  9. So so sweet, especially love the teeth!

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  10. Happy Birthday Laura!!! Love this.

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  11. Happy birthday! I liked your take on askew! :)

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  12. Love, love, love these photos, Laura! School pics are some of my favorites. I have one from 5th grade that is just too much. You sure were adorable, and your sons were too.

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