One bad school picture can haunt you forever. Believe me. I speak from experience.
I was home feigning illness the day my fourth-grade pictures were taken. So I posed
on another day, for another photographer more fond of extreme close-ups than his
predecessor. As it turned out, the picture looked fine - until it was pasted into the
Next to all the head and shoulder portraits of my classmates, my all-cranium shot
made me look like something out of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. For the
next two years I was known as "Balloon Head Burkett."
Wait. There's more. Thirty years later, I ran into an old grade-school chum.
After a very pleasant conversation, he said, "Hey... didn't you used to have, like,
a really big head? It looks fairly normal now. Did you have surgery or something?"
- written by author and columnist Michael Burkett
Nothing to do with the funny story above, but this is Momlaughs in 1st grade
at Macomb Park Elementary School in Warren, Michigan. I am in the middle
on the bottom row