Averie came home from school with an envelope for ordering pictures not too long ago. She had only been to school TWICE. And she was getting school pictures already?! I cringed, filled out the order form, and stuffed it in her backpack.
The night before her pictures I realized we didn’t have anything picked out for her to wear. We went with what was clean… and her pearls that I picked up in Manila. I decided that would be ‘good enough’. I’m sure there are parents that put a lot of effort into this decision, but I think subconsciously I was pretending it wasn’t going to really happen…
On picture day I had to go to school with her — 3 year olds only go on Tuesdays and Thursdays and picture day was a Monday so you had to bring your kiddo in for them. Getting the photo snapped was no big deal. You’d think she has practice or something!
But none of that could prepare me for today. I picked her up from daycare and her photos were in her backpack. I could never have really predicted the swarm of emotions that came up when I actually held her school pictures in my hand.
It’s a great picture. She didn’t mess up her hair, there’s no food on her face and her glasses are actually pretty darn straight! Plus she’s a photogenic little camera bug. I have NOTHING bad to say about the picture itself. But…. where did my little girl go?! I still have pictures on the wall from when she couldn’t hold her own head up… and now I have SCHOOL pictures?!
I’ll adjust, and ‘get over it’, but seriously!! There should be a warning or a disclaimer on the envelopes for parents that are getting their first school pictures back that they could trigger a series of various emotional breakdowns!!
Actually – maybe they should all have a warning label on them. I have a feeling that every year I’m going to go through the same swarm of emotions… I wish that whomever said ‘they grow up so fast’ was wrong sometimes!!!!!!