Oh No!

©jb katke

How could such a thing happen?

Recently, I and my table members had our picture taken at our last meeting of the season. Wonderful women, all of them. But do you ever wish when having your picture taken, that someone else could stand in for you?

After seeing the pic, I realized that somehow, it was my aunts’ image that showed up unannounced.  Pretty tricky, seeing how she is deceased.  The horror of it all indicates that I look just like her. Here I was, worried about looking like my mother! Now this…

Upon showing the picture to my husband, he snickered, “You can’t deny family heritage.” I can if I want, until stuff like this happens. You don’t have to scold me for focusing too much on myself, I’m aware.

I realize there is a benefit to having your picture taken. At the risk of sounding morbid, go to any funeral and you will see what I mean. Pictures of the deceased are posted on a big screen. That is beneficial for others to see you in better, happier times. It leaves a vivid memory of a life well lived.

That very thing is what made my husband a believer of photos. When his father passed away, there were few pictures of him. Reason being, his dad was the one taking pictures of everyone else. While my husband is not a fan of standing in front of the camera, he is far more tolerant of it so the rest of us can enjoy images of him in the future. Gratitude abounds here.

I go so far as to agree with him, therefore allowing others to take my picture. Unfortunately, I have protested so many shots of myself, I’ve frightened others, It’s just easier to not take my picture. All I ask is for them to pass my approval. I take horrible pictures.

 Half-jokingly I request showing my good side, and turn my back to the camera. “Oh no, they say, it looks just like you!” My heart and self-image take a beating.

Because I love words, I would rather others described me by word instead of image.  That’s what Jesus did you know? From cover to cover, his book is of words describing himself without any pictures.

But, speaking of images, he took them on. He came to earth looking like his creation, so that we could relate to him.  While here, he took the image of God, for all to see his dad’s holiness. Finally, he took on our wrongs, so that we could have free access to eternity with perfection.

Imagine, an eternity of looking perfect!

2 thoughts on “Oh No!

  1. I’ve been the photographer a few times when the subject I was instructed to take photos of would duck, turn away, or hold her hands in front of their face. I never thought about it much until I experienced that. The poor hesitant objects of my camera actually drew far more attention to themselves during the shoot than if they had done nothing. And their photo was always far more embarrassing as people tried to guess who was ducking or hiding or whose hands were in front of their face. Few were fooled and the subjects always drew more attention to themselves and not in a positive way.

    For the photographer it’s a little bit like the person who you thank but profusely refuses to accept it. The best response for a thank you is simply “You are welcome”, Instead of a bunch of excuses or “blame shifting”

    Maybe that’s true with photos as well. Just let them do it and no one will notice that much anyway.

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  2. Its hard to know what the right thing to do or say is. Maybe this will be a wake up call to how we want to be remembered.

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