Thursday, December 17, 2009

An Afternoon in the Underworld

There is a public perception of hell as a fiery place filled with demons or maybe just the one red guy with a trident and horns.  Much is gleaned from the bible, and then embellished by our vivid imaginations.  Hollywood helps fabricate some of these visions as well.

This is all well and good. What I am here to contend today is that there are many versions of a person's own personal hell here on earth.  I experienced one such difficulty recently.

When we approached the place it looked nice enough. It was well lit. It was not particularly hot, and the people inside looked like regular humans. There were no cloven hooves.

Then we ventured into the back room.  It also looked OK. In no way did it resemble the netherworld.  There were all sorts of toys and other decorations on the shelves.

Then we asked Braden to sit still and have his picture taken.  That is when all "hell" broke loose. He cried. Then he decide to get up and check out the camera. You could see him thinking no I don't want to see your stupid Elmo doll. I want to play with this wonderful contraption with lights and buttons that costs more than daddy's truck.

Then he tripped and did a face plant into the camera. He cried louder.

And so it went. We danced the dance.  We gave him cookies.  We gave him toys. We chased him down again and again. Finally we all left and let Arica work her magic with him.  Eventually we got some first birthday and Christmas pics.

Braden wins. I think these will do for a while.


Floy-Dean said...

cute pics of a very cute little boy. Take my advice->PREPARE now, it only gets worst.

Katherine said...

Oh, you couldn't tell that he was probably crying minutes before! I have to respect people who take pictures of babies and kids. They don't sit still for a second!

Very cute pictures!

Brandy said...

the pictures are adorable. you crack me up. my husband totally agrees that having pictures done is hell.

My Bottle's Up! said...

soooooo sweet!!!!! he's absolutely precious.

Manic Mommy said...

God love you for going with her. Yeah, picture-sitting is no place for the weak.

You'd never know the trauma involved from the pictures. Adorable!

Tom said...

You got good pictures, and there's no visible blood. In my book, that's a successful photo shoot.

PJ Mullen said...

Entertaining a child at a picture sitting might be one of the most difficult things ever.

rxBambi said...

I love that bicycle picture! Really, too cute. I think it totally depends on the photographer. We've had some good ones and some not-so-good. I think you just have to be a special kind of person to do that!

Scott said...

Not only is entertaining the kid hell, I can barely stomach those sittings myself. Where's my goldfish, blankey, and teddy bear?