Today is the first day of our school year here in Southern Indiana. My oldest child is a sophomore in high school and my youngest is in the eighth grade.
I recall being a teary-eyed mom when my oldest first went off to kindergarten. As we went out the front door that morning, to make the short walk to school, I had my camera at the ready. "Stand here." I directed. My obedient little boy stood and smiled at me while I clicked away a half a dozen pictures.
Last night, I silently reminded myself to set out my camera. Five minutes before my children walked out the door to catch the bus this morning I said, "Oh, One more thing..."
I plead my case, " This is a tradition! I have taken a first day of school photo since the beginning! Since pre-school really!" I was lucky to be allowed one photo; inside the house and no smiles.
Another part of my first day of school tradition is to make chocolate chip cookies. Only two more years until I retire this tradition for my son.