A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that Jude had been named Student of the Month for his grade. It was a very exciting honor, which left him feeling pretty pumped up about himself. He suddenly had a new confidence and focus. He was coming home every day and starting on his homework immediately. He wasn't complaining at all about swim practice, which can be a grueling. I was thinking that this was a really excellent positive step in the whole growing up process.
Well, about a week later, when he jumped into my car after school, he was feeling totally miserable.
"Mom, it's terrible, it's just terrible," said Jude, practically on the verge of tears.
"What are you talking about?" I asked, concerned.
"The picture. It's horrible, it's just the worst. I can't believe that everyone's going to see it!!"
After a bit of questioning, I finally found out the problem.
All of the Student of the Months, one from each grade, are photographed and their pictures are displayed on a bulletin board in the hallway at school for everyone to admire.
Here is Jude's...
It's bad. It's really, really bad. I mean, HOW did this happen? Why didn't the teacher who was taking the picture suggest that he do a little something with his hair? And perhaps smile a bit more naturally?
And the worst thing of all, is that in this picture he totally looks like...
For those of you not familiar with the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Fregley is the main character's uber-dorky friend. It's not a good resemblance.
I'm hoping that he can bounce back from this terrible social mishap. With any luck, he'll recover before it causes any serious psychological damage.
Or maybe girls go for the uber-dork look? Sigh...