"Mum, would you pose for me for my GSCE (photography) coursework?"
"Well, are you sure one of your friends wouldn't be more suitable?"
"Not really, it will be good to have someone different."
"Mmm, well OK."
I await my instructions.
"Right, can you just sit and not smile."
Oh dear, that is not a challenge I usually win. We start.
The corners of my mouth twitch.
I cover my face..
"Mum, don't. Be serious."
"Sorry." Deep breath.
"Stop laughing! Try to look away and then look at me. I'll count to 3.."
I didn't even make 2.
"Look try and control yourself.." getting more cross.
"I can't help it!" I giggle.
"Can you do this at all without being silly?!! Let's try one more time."
I try to think of sad things.
It didn't work. We gave up.
She's going to try with Lucy who is a much more suited to be in front of the camera and I'm going to practise trying to keep a straight face when I told to!