When we were in the waiting room at the pediatrician's office, there was a preteen boy (maybe 11 or so) sitting across from us with his mother. He had a red inflammation all over the left side of his face and looked miserable. He hunched down in the chair, staring at his feet. His mother pulled out her iphone and started pointing it at his face.
"Please Mom, no pictures" he pleaded.
She continued to snap away (right up in his face, too), as he once again asked her patiently and pitifully.
I confess it made me angry. My face got all Grumpy Cat. This boy was being calm and respectful in his request. The poor kid didn't feel well as it was. Would I want my mom putting pics of me with some gnarly rash all over my face on her Facebook page? NO. Who would?!?
Why didn't she listen to him? He was old enough to make his own decisions regarding his pictures. He was being respectful in his request - but she was being disrespectful to him by not honoring it. I generally try not to judge other parents - we all have bad days - but in this case I just truly felt bad for this ill boy.
Should there come a day when one (or all) of my boys asks not to appear on the blog anymore, I plan to respect their privacy. If it comes to that, all of my pictures will be like this:
As for Pierce - sure enough, it was strep throat. Thankfully, he is feeling much better now!