I got my school pictures a few weeks ago. I’m never sure what to do with these. You’ve got the massive 8×10 that your grandma used to hang on her wall – this was cute when I was 10 but probably a little weird now that I’m 37. You’ve got the two 5x7s that may have gone in a photo album at some point but now mostly end up in a stack somewhere with the 8×10. And then you’ve got the wallet size – this is a sheet of 18 pictures of yourself. I know that some students cut these out and give them to friends and teachers. That was never my style as a kid. Now that I’m an adult though… I’ve decided to switch things up a bit.
These pictures happened to show up in my box a few days after I shared the fridge story and encouraged people to demonstrate creative love. So here’s what I decided to do. I wrote a note to my wife (who teaches at the same school as I do) on the back of the sheet of wallet sized photos, and then I cut them out. Instead of cutting along the traditional lines, I decided to make them into little misshapen puzzle pieces. I ended up with a stack of foreheads, ears, torsos, etc. It was definitely a weird looking stack. I then had two of my TAs deliver a few of these puzzle pieces a day to Morgan during her 4th block class. My TAs affectionately referred to these puzzle pieces as “those creepy little pictures,” as in “Are you really going to make us deliver those creepy little pictures every day this week?”
The final puzzle piece arrived on Friday with a rose. The puzzle now lives on our fridge – with the non-creepy side facing out.