Don't Shoot Me!
Do you know the word 'photogenic'? This describes
the kind of person who always looks good in photographs. We are all
photogenic when we are very young, but during the time we are growing
up, most of us lose this, and it is only a very few adults who are
truly photogenic. Those who wish to become movie stars, actors, or
have some other job in the public eye, of course have to be like
I, on the other hand, am most definitely not
photogenic. Every time somebody points a camera towards me, my face
seems to distort into a strange mask. The photographer says "Smile!",
and I reply "I am smiling ...!" When I see the photo later, I can't
believe it's me. Why did I make that strange face. It looks like I'm
in terrible pain!
How I envy my daughters! I flip through our family
photo album, and see page after page of bright-eyed, shining faces
... radiating happiness. But I'm happy too! At least I feel happy ...
Why then, doesn't my face show it? Is it that we adults think too
much, and even when we are nominally happy and contented, we still
carry around too many problems?
I suppose I shouldn't get too serious about this,
or my face will get even worse ... Next time one of those newspaper
people points a camera at me, I'll try and pretend that I'm ten years
old again ... Now that should make an interesting picture!