After discussing the options, Carter, her seventh grader, settled on a favorite green shirt. She agreed with the choice because last year the background had been grey and the bright color would pop nicely. She also reminded him to check his hair before the pictures and gave him some tips to get the perfect smile. What could go wrong?
That afternoon as they talked about how the first day of school went, Carter mentioned that maybe another shirt would have been a better choice because of the green screen they used. Laurel wondered how she missed that memo (it's since been confirmed that there wasn't one), but all she could do what hope for the best. When the proofs arrived via email a couple days later, it was confirmed: the shirt perfectly blended with the background and Carter appeared as a floating head (with a perfect smile) in a series of hilarious photos!
Laurel has a great sense of humor so instead of rushing to looking up the picture retake day, she did what a sensible mom would do and shared the pictures on Facebook saying "Which one should we choose? I'm kind of partial to the flags." I'm so glad she did!
Some of the comments were as funny as the pictures. Kathleen O. noted that in one of the photos Carter appears to be a mounted head in a hunting cabin ---yikes! My favorite is the one where his head is floating across a bridge surrounded by beautiful autumn trees. It reminded me of a scene from the headless horseman -- I'm not sure why since it is actually the reverse, maybe the head-only horseman?
If you live under a rock and have some how missed this story, or want to get the first person account, you can read Laurel's story in her post on Love What Matters.