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  •  Your son is not alone on this one. (15+ / 0-)

    Smiling on demand is something I've never quite mastered. When the photographer says "Smile!" my brain interprets it as "Make an unnatural expression that is totally unflattering, completely out-of-character, and borderline frightening and leaves everyone asking WTF?" Unfortunately I have years worth of very awkward and embarrassing photos to prove my inability to smile on command.


    Not this mind and not this heart, I won't rot • Mumford & Sons

    by jayden on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 11:02:19 PM PST

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    •  Stupid school photo sessions are so damn painful (6+ / 0-)

      Not only is the kid having severe anxiety because he has to go to back-to-school night....school being somewhere he most definately does not want to go back to, but he knows he's gonna have to sit in front of some needling ass that relentlessly tries to get him to smile....they have to take pictures for their lunch cards even if you are not ordering them for yourselves...I'm getting better at telling the guy to just take the damn picture....we don't care about smiling.

      •  We do this all the time with Owen. It comes down (7+ / 0-)

        to being fierce and most of the time his parents and grandparents come off as the people with the problem!

        Just take the damn picture.
        Just take the food away.
        Just leave him alone!

        It has gotten easier in the last couple of years and I believe that is because many people are at least a little aware of what the spectrum means.  And now there are dentists and haircutters who are clued in and helpful!

        "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

        by Most Awesome Nana on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 12:29:19 AM PST

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