Tomorrow is a big day for me my daughter.  It’s picture day at school!  If you know anything about me by now, you know I’m always prepared for events like this.  Hahaha!  Ok so back to reality.  I don’t even know if she has clean clothes to wear to the pictures!  Since I have to run out and go shopping for the cutest picture outfit on earth, I’ll keep this one short.

School pictures are a big deal.  They forever capture a moment in time of school-age awkwardness.  These are the stuff legends are made of.  I remember my first school picture.  Absolutely adorable. (If you ignore the horribly rotten teeth.  WTF dental care in the 70’s? Why did you abandon me??)  

Winnie the Pooh AND Holly Hobbie? Shiver. Photo: K. Stevenson

Winnie the Pooh AND Holly Hobbie? Shiver.
Photo: K. Stevenson

School pictures can also be the source of blackmail that your parents will use against you in your teen years.  Imagine your horror as you come into the living room to meet your date, only to find your mother presenting all of your horrifying school pictures to the boy of your dreams! GASP!  Remember my high school throwback post?  This was a little gem that I didn’t share (Gee, wonder why?):

I think they call this "Too cool for school"... Photo: K. Stevenson

I think they call this look “Too cool for school”…
Photo: K. Stevenson

As a parent who likes to have some sense of control over things (Does anyone else hear a helicopter?), I am looking forward to this exercise in letting go.  I’ve come to realize that I can’t be with my daughter all the time and sometimes things work out.  Other times, well, it’s good to have a sense of humor.  What’s the worst that can happen?

Well, this:

Look Ma! Gold!

Look Ma! Gold!

Looks like I’ll be putting my foot down on bringing her doll to school tomorrow for sure!  I don’t want “Chucky” to be immortalized like this:

FOUR different poses.  They sure do go the extra mile, don't they?

FOUR different poses. Because one wasn’t creepy enough?

Maybe I should see if I can volunteer tomorrow.  At least lend a hairbrush or two…

Wow.  Just wow.

Wow. Just wow.

 At least I know that the right outfit can make or break your school photo. 

Shoes off...because the socks really do make the outfit.

Shoes off…because the socks really do make the outfit.

They say every picture tells a story.  I’m not exactly sure what story these are telling.  Anyway, it doesn’t matter how my daughter’s first school pictures end up looking, I’m sure that I’ll love them.  Not just because she’s my daughter and I think everything about her is pretty freakin awesome.  But also because these are the moments that we want to freeze in time.  This is our “pause” button.  School pictures capture it all–the joy, the phases, the awkward, the fashion.   I look forward to embarrassing her with the photos for years to come.  Now if anyone can tell me how to pay for them without selling a kidney, let me know.

(All the pictures above (except the ones of me!) belong to awkwardfamilyphotos.com.  Check them out if you want to laugh out loud.)

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