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Keeping Up Appearances Part II

March 24, 2011

An important part of keeping up appearances, (almost as important as being clothed), is smiling sweetly like this:

This is a real problem for me, because if I tell them to smile I get this:

Or this:

And even Charlie can tell that Cousin Wheeler’s smile quite frankly looks unnatural:

So you have to get them to smile without them knowing you want them to smile which calls for great acts of cunning such as jumping around making faces while surreptitiously snapping away.  Sometimes you get lucky.  Most of the time you don’t.   I’ve noticed that Charlie in particular has developed a concern lately for appearances.

Charlie (picking up a copy of First Things):”Is this Daddy’s magazine?”

Me: “Yes it is.”

Charlie: “Can I read it?”

Me: “Sure.”

Charlie, hunched over the magazine and studying the pages  revealed his true motive whispering: “Maybe he will see me doing this?”

And increasingly he doesn’t want to be seen with me.  He walks a little bit ahead and sits a little bit away.  On the airplane this time, he chose a different row stating that he prefered to sit “with his friend” (an elderly man enjoying a few in-flight beers).  When his friend took out a novel, Charlie took out curious George.  When the beverage cart came by, Charlie ordered a Sprite and enjoyed a bag of peanuts.  He paged through Sky Mall. I thought when I brought out the DVD player the Wiggles would lure him back to our row, but he remained steadfast, glancing around from time to time to see if anyone had noticed the little man sitting alone.

A few pictures of the little man and his sisters at Aunt Sally’s house.  Elisabeth is sitting in the high chair that was nini’s as a baby.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 24, 2011 9:52 pm

    Thanks for the photos; never disappointing! Grandma

  2. Beth S permalink
    March 25, 2011 12:18 am

    Charlie’s scrunched-up-face smile totally melts my heart. And I can totally identify with surreptitious photo-taking in hopes of getting a genuine grin!

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