I mentioned the other day that Jay would be taking 2012/2013 school pictures. They came in … and they are … well … very much him.
*Before I go on, I would like to apologize for my ghetto-ness. I was too lazy to actually find and scan pictures, so I used my handy dandy phone and took pictures of the pictures – some of which were in frames. So the quality of the pictures is not great – but whatever. You won’t miss the point of this post.
Taking pictures has been quite the journey for us. OK just me. I’m the only one who really cared. The 1st time Jay ever posed for a picture he was almost 4 years old. Less than 2 years ago. Since then there have been many wonderful pictures of both Ace and Jay that I’ve taken. Both posed and candid. But I wasn’t lying 2 weeks ago when I said, Ace is pretty much guaranteed to take a stellar school picture, but Jay is unpredictable.
Here are some pictures that have come back from the professionals in the past.
(Jays looks like a mug shot)
(Jays face is so NOT Christmassy)
(This one of Jay is not bad. In fact, it’s pretty darn cute)
And the newest additions … 2012/2013
I couldn’t stop laughing when Jay brought his picture home yesterday. I love it. It’s hanging on my wall at work as we speak.
I love it because he TRIED to take a good picture. He wasn’t looking away. He wasn’t angry. He actually posed. They asked him to say cheese and he said it. The cheese just didn’t translate into a genuine smile. I actually think if they had asked him to smile (instead of saying cheese) he would have. We’ll never know but I don’t care.
2 years later, I’m still not over the fact that Jay will sit and pose for pictures so even though he may not be the next child model for the Gap, I think this picture is a winner.
In totally unrelated news … If you’re wondering why I named the blog “life on the j train“, it’s because for a long time, my boys were all about trains and I felt very clever combining the “J” with his love of trains. (As I was looking thru the pictures on the posts I linked to, I was reminded of the train phase since in almost all his pictures, Jay was holding one.) At the time, I assumed (silly me for assuming anything) that Jay would be stuck on trains forever. 2 years ago, when I 1st started learning about autism, I thought that once an autistic person got stuck on something that wouldn’t change. I was prepared to have Thomas the Tank Engine be a part of my life forever. That has not been the case and while I don’t miss Thomas and his friends at all, I do still love my blog name.