Take the picture...someday your kids will thank you

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I will be the first to admit that I am not always camera ready when my mom wants to take a picture of me. My hair is messy, my skin is breaking out, or I didn’t get much sleep the night before. None of those things stop my mom from wanting to take the picture. “It’s for the memories,” she says with a big smile. In the moment, I don’t care about the memories. All that is going through my mind is that my mom has that picture of me forever and has a very active Facebook account.

At 21 years old, I have finally come to accept that the bad pictures are the good stories.

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I used to cringe when I would open up photo albums and see four-eyed brace face Emily front and center. Now, I look back and laugh. That phase was part of me growing up. It also reminds me to order more contacts and put my retainer back in so that I never go through that stage again. Now when I look at those pictures hanging in our living room I can appreciate them. I appreciate them because in those same pictures my sister is an adorable little toddler and my brother is a cute elementary school kid instead of the smelly college freshman he is now.

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Frankly I would probably categorize all pictures taken of me from ages 12-15 as bad pictures. Yet, if I did not let my mom take my picture for those three years, I would have no pictures from junior high. I would have no pictures of the beginning of my friendships with the people that became my best friends through all of junior high and high school. I would have no pictures of me playing softball with teammates I continued to play with for years to come.

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Looking back, I’m grateful that not getting my picture taken was never an option in my house. All of those pictures are now in albums that I look back at with friends and family and laugh.

Thanks for taking the picture, Mom.

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Guest blogger Emily Corbid is currently a senior Communications major at the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN.