Today I took another step on the road to graduation. A very important step, I might add.
I got my senior picture taken.
There was a lot of time put into this process by many of my classmates. Painstakingly choosing which outfit to wear, and calling on the insight of friends to determine the best choices of shirts and jackets and sweaters and collars. Women made hair appointments, got haircuts and dye jobs and styled. Men got haircuts and used more products than normal. I, on the other hand, got my haircut a week or two ago, so that by this point it would have had time to grow out and look a little more natural. I went back and forth as to what clergy shirt to wear - black shirt with the full collar
or purple (bishop) shirt with the tab collar
? In the end, I went with the black shirt with the full collar, just because I think I like that better.
So, after all this work and decision making and primping and whatnot, we had to go to this classroom at our appointed times. At 3:00 today I walked down, all decked out in my pastor clothes, walked into the room, paid my $25 sitting fee, sat down, the photographer took two quick pictures, told me to face the other way, took two more pictures and I was done. In two minutes. We spent all this time getting ready, making sure we looked our best, for two minutes of photos.
But, I suppose it's worth it because this picture will be around for a long time. I'll always be able to look at it and say, "This is how I looked my senior year of seminary. Damn I was fine."