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How to Extract a Picture of My Son

Aerial view of  New York City and Empire State Building

Aerial view of New York City and Empire State Building

Fact #1: Petya is in NY.

Fact #2: I am not.

Fact #3: I will need a photo of him soon or I will not be able to stand it.

How do I persuade my son to take 10 seconds out of his busy day and send his sweet mother a pic or two? In his program, he is not allowed to text more than a couple minutes a day. Our texts go something like this.

Son:         Coming home.

New+York_CityFather: Good day?

Son:     Great. Exhausted.

Mother: Any pics?

Son:            Chinese dinner.

Father: Yum.

Mother: Get some sleep. Time for bed?

Son:     Soon. Luv you guys.

Father: Sleep well. Love you.

Mother: Miss you, love you, take photos.

Son:     Night.

New-York-1niteThis was a long exchange. So I decide to lie in wait after a week of this and only one photo of him and two other guys as far as pics with his face in it, too. I now know that their program has rules about phone usage when they should be doing other things. But I want him to have memories of his two weeks in NYC and all of the projects in which they’re involved. Is having a photo record too much to ask?

I fight thoughts of taking the next flight out and stalking him, plain and simple.

So I text in advance and the next time we chat, I send it off:

Mother: When you get a chance. Tell them parents want photos. (I involve Benedetto, but everyone new_york_city_1920sees through that one, lol.) You in project t-shirt, you & friends, doing your daily activities, NYC landmarks….

Son:     Sure, will do.

Mother: Love you.

I guess I should be thankful that Petya is not part of the selfie crowd. Maybe. He’s 2/3 of the way through his two weeks and I miss him so much. Let him do his thing. Just send me 500 photos and I won’t whine. Is that too much to ask?

New-York11-Whoosh-!

I’m texted the Brooklyn Bridge by night. Beautiful.

Still no Petya pic, but I’m hopeful.

And philosophical. If he’s too busy, I’ll still see him soon.

Perfect.

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