Work ethic is an admirable quality that every parent hopes to instill in their child. But while it can be a sign of child-rearing gone right, Cassandra Lane couldn’t help but wonder if it was something that she pushed too hard on her own teen son.
On their way to get her son Zeke’s senior pictures taken, Cassandra noticed that his soiled hands complete with dirty fingernails looked like “working hands.”
She tried to not think too much of it, as she anticipated most of the pictures would be headshots anyway. But when they arrived, Cassandra saw how pristinely the other kids were dressed in their letterman jackets and class rings (things her son never even asked for).
Over the next few days, thinking about the senior picture incident got Cassandra roped into the “parent comparison game,” and she even cried multiple times wondering if she’d deprived her son of the things he deserved.