I’m in the middle of a huge throw-down argument with my thirteen-year-old daughter. I’m at my wit’s end so I’m taking it to the people! Here’s the deal:
It’s been about eight years since our last family photo, so we’re planning over the holidays to gather together for a portrait session with my husband’s parents. The last time we had this done we all wore the same color shirt, something recommended to us by the photographer. We all thought the result was good, and so we’ve planned to do it again.
Over an hour or so, my MIL and I pored over the Lands’ End catalog (it must be Lands’ End — they make talls and offer the same colors in both men’s and women’s shirts) and settled on pine (a dark green) as our color. The pine shirts come in several styles, so each person can have the style shirt they want.
WELL IT”S NOT THAT SIMPLE.
The girl threw a holy fit over the color. She’s digging in. She prefers the “rich red” and has also suggested we either wear all white or all black. I’m philosophically fine with any of these four colors, but really, getting six people to agree on a single color for a family photo is stressing me out.
I’ve threatened several times to call Grandma and let her be the final decision maker on this issue. The girl has offered to not appear in the photos at all.
What would you do?
A. Order the pine shirts and just let the chips fall where they may.
B. Go ahead and do the photos in the pine shirts without the girl. She’ll regret it when she’s 30.
C. Call Grandma and negotiate another girl-approved color (despite the fact that other family members won’t be OK with those colors).
D. Say “screw it” and let everyone wear whatever the heck they want.
E. Let the girl wear the color of her choice while everyone else wears pine.
I’m counting on you guys. I’m ready to tear my hair out. And that wouldn’t make for a very good family photo. While you’re pondering my conundrum, take a look at these for a laugh: http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/