Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Story Behind the Photo

A picture is worth a thousand words, so they say. And we all know that on social media, things are not always as they seem. I had to chuckle to myself last weekend when my husband shared a picture of our Family Funday Sunday morning activity.

Here's the truth in the picture:
  • It was a beautiful day. The weather was perfect.
  • We rode our bikes on peaceful trails in a state forest, in full-on nature, with no electronic devices.
  • We were happy....we had just started out, our bellies full, and our muscles fresh.

Here's what you don't know:
  • About 45-minutes later, the sugar rush from the chocolate donuts had worn off and the kids' blood-sugar levels dropped.
  • We took a wrong turn and ended up on a 4-mile trail, when we meant to take the 1-mile trail. We were on a schedule to leave at a certain time and we were at least 3 miles away from the trailhead. 
  • One of us got extremely tired and decided to quit 2 miles in. A bike was thrown down and a tantrum ensued.
  • The one having a tantrum plopped down to rest next to his bike and sat on a thorny vine. 
  • Someone else decided to relentlessly tease the one that quit.
  • And the rest of us got extremely frustrated. 

So basically, we started out all smiles and returned tired and with very little patience. Yay!

Yet, the picture still got posted. And one of the comments even was, "Looks like you all had a great time on a gorgeous day." Yep, looks like it! But we don't usually share our trying moments on social media. We gloss over them and choose to show our happier times.

That's how we roll.

Just remember that there's usually more than meets the eye...especially on social media!

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