I hope you enjoy this month’s contribution to Hallmark’s “Life Is A Special Occasion” campaign! (I bet you’ll love it. It’s got funny pictures, even!)
Today is a very special day. It’s not just the first day of school in our district. It’s the first day of J’s SENIOR YEAR.
Let THAT absorb for a moment.
I know from experience that this year is going to fly by for all of us, what with all of the special activities crammed into a final year of high school education combined with the college search, his girlfriend, his job, his car, and all of the other things he’s got going on. (Related: SO thrilled that Junior Year is in our rear view mirror.)
It’s a far cry from his first day of preschool, which seemed like such a big deal at the time. Okay, it WAS a big deal at the time.
I mean, look at him standing there next to his older brother, his Buzz Lightyear backpack almost as big as he was, the look on his face that screamed “I don’t know about this…” and ohmygosh I just realized what a huge difference in size their feet had back then. Wow. But I digress..
When I was a kid, back-to-school fashion was very important. I wore a new outfit from head to toe, every year. Not just any new t-shirts and pants, either: I DRESSED UP for the first day. It was a special occasion!
I’m not sure if it’s a “boy thing” but my kids have never cared about a new anything–except backpacks!–for the first day of school. Ever. I have bought new clothes for them each year, but once they started choosing their own outfits the new clothes would stay in the drawer until another day and their favorite items of clothing, old stand-bys, would be what they wore.
Anyway, I have taken first-day-of-school pictures each and every year, and even though today was the last time I got to do it (College kids frown on parents moving them in, leaving, and then showing up again early on the morning of the first day of classes just to take a picture. So I’ve heard.), I’m fine with it. Having been able to send my kids off to school on every first day for 12+ years, each with big smiles because I finally got enough shots for the scrapbook is good enough for me.
This morning, as a matter of fact, J went above and beyond in helping me take our long-standing tradition out with a bang. He was more than cooperative and the goofy pictures I took will keep both of us smiling for a long time to come.
What did he wear today, on the first day of Senior Year? For the first time ever on a first day of school, even though he didn’t wear anything new, he cared about his outfit. He was hopelessly put-together in an outfit not meant to look put-together. Let me show you.
See what I mean? Senior attitude and a little bit of laid-back style can go a long way.
Of course, with his older brother still home (his college classes don’t start until after Labor Day), I wanted to get both of them in a picture. D didn’t set his alarm like I asked him to so we went ahead and woke him up at 6:20 a.m. so he could help us document this special day.
I don’t know: not such a great first-day picture of him. Maybe I will show up on campus before his first class this year after all.
EDITED: Believe it or not, D totally posed in that last shot. He was awake, and did indeed give permission for that picture to appear here!
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