As I was walking out, one last binder caught my eye. The cover sported a photo of a cute smiling boy. I recognized him from some homeschool activities; I don't really know his family but we have crossed paths a few times. If I wanted to be a mean person, I would point out that that portfolio looked like the cover of the stereotypical homeschool magazines we all love to mock. If you are a homeschooler, you know what I'm talking about - the one with the child joyfully doing math or helping a younger sibling with a science experiment, maybe with a smiling mom in the background, all perfectly coiffed and wearing cute plaid shirts or jumpers.That was mean? Really? I said the boy was cute! (He was.)
I guess I will give a nonapologetic politician-style apology and say:
I'm sorry if anyone was offended. It was meant as a light-hearted sort of commentary, and was my true first reaction on seeing the photo.
I don't hate you if you put a photo of your kid on his portfolio. I don't understand you, but that's OK. You don't understand me either. Fair enough?