Sometimes my mom talks in her sleep. This morning, she said, "I get the big one because I'm big," with a very pleased-sounding chuckle. I asked the obvious question. "The big what?" "The big picture," she replied. "Laura made black-and-white copies of the color ones and hid them in the drawer at the hotel." So of course I wanted to know what hotel? who's at the hotel? if you get the big one, who gets the small one? Apparently in her dream we were staying at a hotel with my brothers, my aunt, my grandma (she's not sure whether grandpa was there or not), and some of my cousins. Also at least one of the cousins had brought her children, because the baby was under the table and when we picked it up its diaper slipped off and it pooped on the chair. This led to someone pointing out that one of my cousins wasn't wearing his diaper (he's 21), but it came out that he only needed it when he was in Mexico and didn't have access to a toilet, so it was okay. She thought the hotel might be somewhere near Mexico because my aunt was apparently on her way there to join her children (different set of cousins) in swimming. Also there was a lady who worked for the hotel who was taping some kind of advertising picture to the side of the car, and my grandma was trying to stop her because my mom was worried about it messing up the paint. But back to the pictures. Apparently we had brought along some color photos of me and my brothers to this hotel, and I had secretly made black and white copies, put them in L-shaped frames, and put them in the drawer, where someone found them too early and spoiled the surprise.
This kind of frames.
I kind of want to make this dream come true. Well, not all of it, obviously. Deliberately making babies poop on chairs is a bit much. But the picture bit I could definitely do something interesting with. We will be going to Disney World in September (my first time!), and I bet they have some kind of photo booths. Or there are plenty of photo ops just walking around the park, and I know some of the rides have got cameras. What I'm thinking could be cool is to use some existing photos in combination with the new ones to make portraits of us with our younger selves. We could even make life-size cardboard cutouts of ourselves as kids and carry them around the park, but it would be hard to keep that a secret and we probably couldn't take them on the rides.