For this Christmas 2020, I’m looking back at the photos we tried to take for the card for Christmas 2019. Dar does not understand cameras. Dar does not linger over photos of himself or anyone else. Asking Dar to smile for cameras is mostly frustrating. I tickle him to try to get him to smile; just as often, it has the opposite effect. If forced to choose between a photo of my best smile and his, it’s no contest: I wind up looking terrible. That’s just the established record of my life as a parent, symbolic or not. Luckily for me my wife always looks great.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas!