Last thanksgiving, the internet was filled with posts about making the perfect turkey, tips for decorating your house to make it look perfect, and there were lots of perfect family photos on display. I often get caught up in trying to be perfect, too. Being perfect, though, is a whole lot of pressure, especially when I know that I am not perfect. A family picture at thanksgiving reminded me that we don’t need to take ourselves so seriously.
Here is a great family picture:
Ok, this is only part of the picture. The part that I cropped out is what takes this picture from good to great. In order to get a great family picture, we needed something to symbolize our collective imperfections. We needed something to say that we all make mistakes, and stuff happens along the way.
My sister ran back to stop the picture from being made, but the camera took the shot before she got there:
That white thing is my parents’ dog, Taylor. Yes, he is pooping. We had everyone lined up, punched the button to have the picture taken, and then Taylor walked in front of us and started doing his business. To me, it symbolizes the imperfection that we all have and try our best to keep out of pictures. It symbolizes the baggage that we carry around that we try not to let anyone else know about.
No one is perfect, but we often pressure ourselves and others to be perfect. Sometimes we need to take a deep breath and realize that poop is a part of everyone’s lives. Now, that’s a great family picture 🙂