Why I Posed for a First Day of School Pic..and You Should Too!
You see them every year, photos of happy smiling children on the first day of school. Some have new haircuts, some are holding signs proclaiming what grade they are in, and some even have chalk designs on the sidewalks of their school grounds (some very motivated moms on that one!)
Nothing is like the first day of school pic.
Like many parents I have documented my daughter’s first days ever since kindergarten, albeit without chalk or a fancy sign. I am just not that Pinterest-y. It has been awesome to see how much she has grown, both in height, ability, and attitude. To my delight the high school pics have gotten weirder and weirder, with a thrill-of-the-hunt kind of appeal. See below.
Sometimes you just have to catch them in the act!
When I started my very first semester of college I thought, why not me? Why shouldn’t I take a first day of school picture? Wasn't it my first day too? Isn't this something of which I should be proud? After all, this has been over twenty years in the making!
So, on the first day of the semester I proudly took my place in the driveway, book bag in hand to get that all important start of school picture. No chalk, no sign, and certainly no bad attitude (I am not a moody teen anymore) Just me grinning ear-to-ear because I get to do something I had only dreamed about. Poetically it was my daughter who snapped the photo. Justice I suppose for all those I had taken of her.
But as far as I am concerned, everyone should take a first day of school picture. Stay-at-home moms and dads, working moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, and anyone else who has dealt with a summer full of “I’m bored” “We don’t ever do anything” and “Can I eat the entire contents of the frig for lunch?” It’s these warriors that need their battle documented! Wear your scars proudly, and wave your victory flag high! you made it through another summer break!
After all, it’s you that is helping to make it all happen. Making the lunches, doing the drop offs, the pick ups, holding the hand when algebra gets too tough or when a paper needs to be edited. In that vein, I suppose I should have had my husband take a picture with me in the driveway because god knows he has been taking the brunt of my frazzled, why-does-math-suck-so-bad, oh-my-god-this-paper-is-due-today, madness.
The first day of school pic isn't just for the pre-schoolers, the middle schoolers or the hormonal, irritable teens, it's for the rest of us too.
Now, next semester (or school year) get out in that driveway with your yoga pants, power suit, jeans, or pajamas, and show your pride.