I kid you not, this is how the picture scenario went down. Emme came home from school several weeks ago with her pictures in tote. She was a bubbly happy person.
Emme, "I got my pictures back today!" (with a spin around the kitchen and a little twirl for good measure.)
Me - "Oh, yeah, let's see 'em."
E - "Well, I was feeling nauseous because I was afraid that they weren't going to look good, but then I saw them and I was so happy. I look great!"
Me - (thinking, oh wow, lots of pressure she is putting on herself, but glad that she is happy) "Awesome, let me see."
Then she pulls out the pictures and I am shocked into total silence. Here I was expecting magazine cover greatness and I am met with something that I honestly would feel bad making the grandparents display in their homes. I realize that sounds terrible but really, they were not her best work. Exercising restraint though, I of course didn't say half the things I was thinking and instead managed, "Oh! Oh.... well, I'm glad that you are so happy with them."
E - "I really am. I was so worried I wouldn't like them but I really do."
Me - "I'm so glad for you. Now go downstairs and get ready for soccer." (So that I can call my mom and relay this whole scene and find out what to do.)
After talking with my mom and Dan we decided that the situation was just too delicate to imply to Miss Emmeline that retakes were needed. She was happy with them then we would be happy with them too. I mean, they weren't THAT bad, she didn't have any food on her face or stuck in her teeth, her shirt was clean, they could have been worse...
Then almost a month went by and the pictures were forgotten until a reminder for retake day came home. This prompted me to bring out the pictures again for a peek - sitting on the shelf for a bit hadn't made them any better. We really needed retakes. So, I approached the topic with Emme.
Me - "What would you think about getting picture retakes done?"
E - "Why? They look good."
Me - "Well.... I didn't do a very good job on your hair, it kind of was falling out and also (in a fast, little tiny voice) your eyes are kind of squinty (which makes you look much less cute than normal).
E - "Oh."
Me - "And also, we forgot to put earrings in and I was thinking that maybe we could put some sort of pretty something in your hair."
E - (big smile... lovin' the jewelry and hair idea) "Okay, let's do it."
So, today, after pulling out the hair straightener, putting in some sparkly earrings and flowers in her hair along with a trip to school in the car instead of on the bus, I had one happy little girl ready to give school pictures another shot.