This year I had to renew my driver’s license. I put off renewing my license because the last time I did (8 years ago) I had a mortifying experience getting my picture taken. The young man handling the camera had me stand on a taped X on the floor and told me to smile. I smiled, the camera flashed and then the unexpected happened.
Young man: “Oh.”
Young man: “We are going to have to take this one again.”
Young man: “Your picture is not good.”
How bad does your picture have to be for the driver’s license guy to do a retake? I was embarrassed but thankful to get a second chance at a better picture. As the camera flashed again I tried to look beautiful. The second picture was okay and I lived with it for 8 long years.
This year, I waited until the day before my birthday to go in because I am a procrastinator and I really, really did not want my photo taken. To prepare, I tried some new eye firming cream the night before. The morning of the big day I woke up with one eye swollen shut and the other eye inflamed. I have sensitive skin and the industrial strength eye cream caused a major reaction. Cold eye compresses helped but did not eliminate the puffiness. As the puffiness receded the wrinkles were more pronounced. This could not be happening! I decided I was not going to get my picture taken that day.
The next day, my birthday, my license was expiring and I absolutely had to go in and get my picture taken. While the damage was reduced, I have old skin and it takes a few days for my skin to return to its normal wrinkled self. Not having a few days to wait I decided to return to the cosmetic counter and find another solution. I purchased Sudden Change Eye Firming Serum. It guaranteed it would lift and tighten under eye problems so I would look younger in three minutes. This was too good to be true. I bought it anyway.
Sitting in my car in the parking lot, I opened the package and placed two drops of serum under each eye. The directions said that you must keep your face still and should not frown or smile until completely dry. This seemed ridiculous but I sat without an expression as I felt a tightening and miraculously the puffiness and lines were disappearing. I was so happy with the transformation I applied the serum to my mouth and forehead area and then raced to the motor vehicle registration office.
Once there, I took a number and waited in a long line. When my name was called I stood on the X on the floor, the camera flashed and the woman taking my picture shook her head and said “Oh. You look like a deer in the headlights.” She made a tsking sound and said, “We will have to try that again.”
Once again I was mortified. How many people does this happen to twice? I asked her, “What should I do?” She said, “Relax.” I would have liked to relax and look more animated for my second photo but unfortunately my face was frozen in an un-moveable mask from the serum. Whether I was ready or not, my picture was taken again and the lady pronounced, “That’s better.”
Now I have a new driver’s license photo I get to live with for the next eight years. My only consolation, I will be 8 years older when I have to do this again and hopefully, by then, I just won’t care.
A couple of weeks after renewing my license I had my passport photo taken but that is a story for another day.