I upload the photos from the camera through this wire into my PC where I can delete or re-size them as I want." She was speechless. " she said pointing at one that I had hurried and looked like crap.I was not going to confuse her with the latest cameras that uploaded to the Cloud as soon as a pic is taken or remind her that my smart phone could send a photo across the world within seconds of it being taken. "Of course mom." I highlighted and clicked delete as she oohed in my ear.I leaned over to pour most of a glass of wine into mom's empty glass. Usually mom was designated driver if she went out with her girl friends. Even though the divorce had been ugly(aren't they all), mom had built up a history of saying 'when we were young' which always referred to fond memories of her marriage to my father.
"Mom, come & look at these shots." We both had an unwritten rule or we had at least fallen into a habit that once either of us went to bed, we rarely saw each other or spoke.
It suited me because I could surf the internet for porn with little chance of mom surprising me mid movie. Surprisingly quickly, mom appeared at my door, in some sort of nightie. " she seemed almost excited, at least way more enthusiastic that she should be for some pretty boring photos.
"No problem mom, I'll always ask before I take a photo. " Note to self, check owners manual, can I silence the click sound on my camera? " "But mom, a photographer has to be able to take photos when the subject is not posing or responding to the camera.
"I am serious sweetie, I do not want any surprise photos, no sneaky pics. I need to get natural shots." I wondered if mom was aware that natural could mean naked. " "Err yes please." "Go ahead." She moved her body a little to straighten her back, kept her hands in her lap & looked at me.
I could see down the front of her nightie, her nice sized breasts were hanging down braless & beautiful.
I inhaled quickly, she heard me, looked at my eyes and stood up fast. "Mom does this mean I can take photographs of you anytime because we can delete them whenever you want?
"Honey I don't care what you call it, you are not taking a photograph of me without me saying okay, okay? "Okay mom, you're the boss, no photo without your okay, agreed." I thought about going upstairs to unplug my camera, to stop charging, when mom brought dinner to the table. Dinner tasted great, as did dessert and I told mom so. I switched the camera on and moved side to side snapping a couple of shots as mom starred at the camera lens. "Mom you photograph great, look at these shots." I kneeled beside her and flipped back through the shots on the camera's small screen.
" Mom's voice was rising; apparently she suspected her son was a pervert. "Mom, thank you for making a great meal, I'll wash & dry the dishes, you finish the wine". "Thank you sweetie, happy birthday for tomorrow." Fact was I was going out with friends Saturday night to celebrate, so mom had cooked dinner the night before my birthday. "I don't normally drink 3 glasses of wine, I'm becoming a lush." She laughed as she spoke. She had friends her own age who were unable to last any day past 6 pm without wine or liquor and once started would drink for the rest of the evening. I was a little surprised & pleased to see she was not smiling or making any "pose" faces as I moved in front of her. "Thanks sweetie, when we were young your father used to take a lot of photographs." I did not ask but I took the comment to mean, mom enjoyed having her photograph taken.
Her bedroom door was closed whenever she was in her room, the en-suite bathroom meant she never left her bedroom in any outfit but fully dressed.
My only other xmas gift last year was an online photography course mom had signed me up for.
"Honey why don't you sell it, I can use the money to buy you a better birthday gift?