My Convertible Life

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Instagram Smiles: The True Story Behind the Photo

Instagram is rapidly becoming one of my favorite social networks.

It's a quick, fun glimpse into the lives of my friends (both those I know in person and those I know only online) without all the extra baggage that comes with Facebook -- but it also posts to Facebook, so my friends who aren't on Instagram can still participate.

Plus it's a fun way to pretend that I have some sort of photography skill, which at least keeps me entertained even if no one else is paying attention.

Here's a photo I posted recently on Instagram:

We were in the convertible with the top down -- my husband was driving, so I had the luxury of taking silly photos with my kids. In online responses to the photo, I got comments like "I love your happy children" and lots of "likes."

But in the interest of full disclosure, I must confess that the real scene was not so happy. Here's what I didn't post on Instagram from the same ride home:

That's Junius banging his enormous hard head into his sister's equally enormous hard head, causing her to shriek dramatically in (presumably fake) pain.
So I fussed at him for "hurting" her and he proceeded to pout, duck down and hide behind my seat. I took about four photos like this while I tried to coax him back out again. He mostly moaned, groaned, whined and complained. Notice that Pippi is now only too happy to lean in and smile.
Then he finally sat back up in his seat, but refused to smile or look at me. The two of them took turns (hey -- at least they're sharing, right?) pushing and shoving against each other -- a dramatic re-enactment of the irresistible force paradox.
Eventually he gave up (she's younger, but I think her head is actually bigger), sat back and glared at me. In this photo it almost looks like he wants to smile, but I assure you he did not. As for her? Well, her favorite shtick is to be the opposite of him -- the grumpier he gets, the sillier she becomes.

Nothing like a 6-year-old grouch to take all the sunshine out of driving home with the top down.

For more stylish photos -- including one of my "dessert" cereal from last night -- you can find me on Instagram (and Twitter) @convertiblelife. This post was nudged by my friend Ms. S and by Mama Kat's Writing Prompts.


  1. Hooray! You did it! LOVE the whole story.

    Ms. S

    1. Thanks, friend! Now I just have to figure out how to write the refusing-the-bath story without acting it out in photos.

  2. Love this. I will have to find you on Instagram. I'm not good about doing that yet.

    1. Thanks, Leigh -- I think it's kind of hard to find people on Instagram, but you should be able to check for your Tweeps.

  3. Love the post... I'm not on instagram, but it looks fun. Love the little insight into the "behind the scenes" of your instagram photo. Thanks for sharing.

    Stopped by from Mama Kat's (glad you got back in the saddle and posted!)

  4. Thank goodness I'm not the only mom who doesn't post the more honest but way less cute photos on instagram :) Stopping by from Mama Kat's

  5. I always find it interesting how a series of photos can completely capture the personality of the subject. Love this post :)

  6. Love and miss you SO MUCH! Great photos!

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