Remember school picture day? Everyone dresses up and hopes, desperately, that their pictures won’t come back showing them with one eye closed or a too-cheesy smile. It’s a big moment when the proofs do come back: did you manage to perfectly represent the idealized version of your eighth-grade self? Or is there now a permanent reminder that you had an extended awkward phase?
Carter Hutsell of Missouri was looking forward to starting seventh grade. The first day of school also happened to be school picture day, so Carter and his mom, Laurel Boone Hutsell, talked about what he would wear a few days before. They picked out a sharp-looking green collared shirt, which they figured would have a nice contrast against pretty much any background.
But when Carter came home after the first day of school, he had some concerns. “Mom, I shouldn’t have worn the green shirt for pictures. It will blend in with the green screen they used.”
Laurel was surprised the photographers had used a green screen, and she figured she had missed some fine print. Still, she assumed the pictures would probably turn out just fine.
No such luck.
An email that the proofs were ready for viewing arrived just two days later. Laurel was eager to see her son’s photos, and she opened the email right away. Carter did look great in the pictures… but also, absolutely hilarious!
Carter’s shirt had blended with the green screen, and Carter had become a floating head and arms in front of seasonally themed backgrounds. Laurel remembered Carter’s worries about his green shirt. “Out loud I said to myself, ‘Oh my gosh. He was right. That’s exactly what happened.’ I could not stop laughing. Each picture was better than the next. The flags? That autumn scene with the fence?”
“I really couldn’t believe my handsome boy’s head and arms were just floating there. I showed my husband and we got such a good laugh from it. And guess what? His smile and hair are PERFECT! HA!” Laurel shared.
Realizing that this was important to share with the world, Laurel shared her son’s picture day fiasco (or triumph, depending on your perspective) with Facebook, and Carter’s floating head and arms were met with hearty internet approval. Everyone has a bad picture day story, but Carter’s is definitely a new twist! We’re so glad that Laurel embraced her son’s one-of-a-kind photos.
“As moms, we do the best we can. We love our kids. We support. We encourage. And we try to prepare. But in the end, there’s a chance our kids will still have a floating head in a flag, autumn scene or brick wall. And that my friends, is a hilarious thing to be okay with,” she said.
On Facebook Laurel asked which picture people thought she should order and admitted to liking the flag photo the best. Her post has received over 11,000 comments and 46,000 shares—and who knows how many people have had a good-natured along laugh with Carter and his mom? We’re so glad she shared!
Oh, and Laurel double-checked: there was no warning in her paperwork about not wearing green on picture day. Even if there had been, we think Carter still definitely made the right choice. We hope the rest of his seventh grade year causes as many smiles!
This story originally appeared at InspireMore.