Jack was still super excited after visiting the fire station and was not at all happy that he had to do something boring and Daddy related. He refused point blank to take off his firefighter suit, and was having a little moan to himself when we arrived at the auctioneers.
We went in and downstairs and Ed started speaking to the photographer presuming it was the sort of photo shoot like the one he and Chris did for the Evening News — 1 photographer for a couple of pictures. And then others started to arrive, and by the time the other guys, the strips and ball had arrived there were about 6 photographers in the cafe with us and the Auctioneer owner asked me if I would mind if they used Jack in a couple of pictures too.
I said ok presuming that he wouldn’t really feature to be honest, after all he was dressed up as a fireman and running around like a loon at one point.
We all got outside and the lads were lined up when they put Jack at the front of them and asked him to hold a copy of the book as well. And, since he has to live with his Mum shoving a camera in his face constantly, he started playing to the camera shouting cheese all the time.
The photographers loved it, and they started coming up with other ideas for photos that involved Jack, we had all the boys reading the books as Jack smiled at the camera and all of them facing forward as Jack was looking to the side. I took pictures, but I couldn’t really get a good one as I didn’t want to get in the professionals way!
The boy with his hand on Jack’s head is Culby, our joiner. Jack loves him, follows him around the house when he is here doing work for us and when he got a new tool set for his birthday he exclaimed
wow, tools just like Culby’s and uses them to help him out. Jack adores him, and is always asking to sit on his knee at the rugby club and can frequently be heard to declare
I love you Culby, much to the other guy’s delight.
They are, to be honest, at the same age level :-) On the way out at the auctioneers Culby was entertaining himself by holding out the ball to Jack and snatching it away at the last minute and the pair of them were giggling, but I think that sometimes he gets a bit embarassed by Jack following him around. Although not yesterday, as he was telling Jack to come and stand beside his
Uncle Culby knowing that Jack was his ticket to being in a photo :-)
So when the auctioneer said that they wanted to do a picture of Jack, beside someone’s leg with shorts on he asked
did someone say they were Jack’s uncle and Culby was getting ready for his 5 minutes of fame, before Ed stood forward and said
erm, I’m his Dad and my shorts are in the car, I’ll be in the picture with him :-)
This one is very similar to the final shot they used on the BBC website:
They did eventually take the picture that was originally planned, the boys holding up one of the auctioneers but so far it hasn’t appeared anywhere.
It was mad, at one point there were eight photographers shouting
Jack say cheese, Jack look here, Jack look at me and he was lapping it all up! There was a few minutes where he refused to hold the book up, but that was because he spotted a dragon on the back and he wanted to look at it in more detail.
I did feel bad, those guys turned up to be part of a picture and Jack sort of stole their thunder, we weren’t originally going to go and were going to wait in the car but when we realised it was going to take so long we went downstairs to the cafe only to keep Jack entertained.
At about 6.30 last night, Ed went onto the computer and discovered that Jack was already on the BBC News website. This morning we had a phonecall from Culby telling us Jack was on the front of the Herald and lots of text messages telling us that he is in the Metro today on page 26 :-)
Jack of course is not phased by any of this. He has no concept of whats going on, or that he is in a newspaper or how big a deal that is. When we showed him the Herald this morning all he said was
look, there’s Culby’s leg and went onto something else.