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Have You Embarrassed Your Kid Today?

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

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,” below).

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.