Lily and her friends have a new routine that floors me every time, even though it’s incredibly simple — maybe because it’s so simple. At some random moment, one of them will say, “picture smile.” When that happens, the girl who says it immediately smiles in a way that’s almost, but not quite, sincere. It’s a picture smile — a smile that’s sort of fake, but not obnoxiously so.
Now, when I’m driving Lily home from school, for example, Lily will occasionally say, “picture smile,” and when I look in the rear view mirror and see her smile, I bust a gut. She has it down cold. It’s the way her mouth is set, showing one or two too many teeth, and her slightly raised eyebrows that say, “go ahead and take the picture so I can get back to what I was doing.” I don’t know if she practiced it in a mirror, but it kills me. I sure hope she tries stand-up comedy someday. That girl is funny.