I am a proud mother of a teenager - There are moments of Joy, happiness, fun, laughter, Pride along with ample moments of apprehensions and frustations.
Nancy from reflections mentioned aptly in a comment for a post, that Teenagers are given to us to test our mettle - how true!!
My teenager has developed this aversion to face a camera and ever since he turned a teenager, the moment I turn around to click his picture and at the nick of the moment he will show a poky face into the camera and I have ended up with a good collection of them. If I am not taking his picture, he will spoil the frame by putting his hand and all I end up with is close up of his palm. If he clicks his own pictures, he keeps such a serious face, with twisted eyebrows to show that he is a tough guy.
I tried to sweet talk him out of practice, and employed multiple other tactics to get him out of this but it was all in vain. Sometimes, he would listen so nicely to me, just to come up with yet another funny face when i look through my lens next time. I had almost given up on him and as Nancy mentioned in her comment again, I just grin and bear it.
One of these days, Dennu came to me and said, Can i use facebook for sometime? ( Its been a strict rule that he gets to use the net only under parental supervision ) :-) Ten minutes into his break time, he nudges me and says, Ma do you have any pictures of mine to put up in my Facebook profile?
This was an god sent opportunity that I have been waiting for years. I took him through the multiple folders that I had of his numerous pictures over a period of some years, with all those funny expressions and he was flabbergasted at the array of his own expressions. and I asked him which of these would you want to put up and he realised he didnt have much choices.
On top of that I added saying on your wedding day Denno, I am going to put up all these pictures on a ppt and show it to all the freinds and relatives and your new bride about how you have tormented me thorugh your childhood and that will be my sweet revenge on you. We had a hearty laugh about that together.
Much to my surprise the next time I took pictures ( I take pictures all the time, by the way) I saw my son behaving so well and facing the camera with his most handsome smile.
Here is a picture of him doing something he loves with rapt attention. he knew i was taking this picture, but chose to continue with it.
But I realised he has not forgotten his old habits, when I went on to click this picture later.
Whats life without some good humoured pranks?