Back to school sort of sucks. I mean school is great and all. And my 7 year old is certainly excited to be heading into grade 2. But that whole waking up and getting out the door at a certain time in clothes that match thing, I could do without it. And it was raining this morning. Pouring sheets of rain. And we still had to go to the bus. I couldn’t just say, meh, let’s stay inside today, and pull out an art kit.
I’m happy if I get my kid out the door and to the bus on time, lunch in hand. We prep the night before. We prep EVERYthing the night before, every day, always. She lays out her clothes, I veto the really bad outfits (mostly of the hun you are going to sweat to death in that, it’s still SUMMER outside sort), and we pack her lunch together. Still the morning always seems like a scramble. Me doing my best drill sergeant impression, trying to keep everything moving, and attempting to force the kid to eat before she leaves.
All of which is to say, I don’t get these Back to School photos. The ones with the fancy signs and the banners and the sunshine and the perfect hairdos. I don’t have the time for it. My kids don’t have the patience for it. But I feel guilty. Like if I’m not trailing them around with a digital camera, setting them up with balloons and a handprinted sign stating what they want to be when they grow up… then I’m failing somehow to express my love for my kids.
So we of course took photos. To keep up with the Jones and the Janes. To post to Facebook. So my mother-in-law wouldn’t call me asking where the pictures were. Just as we were rushing out the door, to hurry to the bus stop where we would wait for the very late first day bus, I stopped the girls on the porch and took a few quick photos. Photos where they were literally jumping with first day glee, which of course turned out mostly like smears and blurs. And when I looked at the pictures later I realized I had a box of yard waste in the background. Ha. The balloons and bunting type family, we so are not.
I’m pretty sure this is a Facebook phenomenon. Digital camera plus social media and blam, back to school photos out the wazoo. I don’t remember my mom ever taking school day photos of me as a kid. Did any of you, growing up in 80s (or the 70s, or the 90s) have a photo taken on the first day of school tradition thing?