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Back-to-school time! My Facebook feed is so full of adorable back-to-school photos it has drown out adorable politics for multiple days.
I knew I would take a few, but the fact that I’ve seen so many of them, the secret hipster in me whispered: Don’t post one. Even if the kids are wearing skinny jeans, fake glasses and carrying messenger bags with unheard of 70s bands, you cannot pull this off.
I was already down one cuteness factor when I decided that my kids still had clothes that fit so they didn’t need a special back-to-school outfit. I may have felt smug about not being consumeristic, but I also wish I’d hidden my son’s Yoshi T-shirt.
The afternoon of my kids’ first day of school, a friend remarked: I didn’t even know they were back to school. You didn’t post pictures. Everything okay? That’s just not like you guys.
(Was I just insulted? Meh, the truth hurts.)
I posted a few photos when I got home, but as the other’s streamed through my newsfeed, I started to feel worse — not just because I hadn’t posted a photo of my kids showing off my excitement and tears to all our friends, but because I hadn’t done something adorable like had them hold a 2012 sign or stand next to my stuffed bear so we could cry about how big they are or thrown an entire back-to-school party (for them or for me).
I didn’t even make a pencil wreathes for a posing background (although if you do, make one for me because they’re kind of awesome).
But compared to last year where I was all I NEED A PHOTO EVEN THOUGH WE ARE RUNNING LATE AND I’M BAWLING BECAUSE BOTH MY KIDS ARE IN PRESCHOOL, I did pretty good.
This is my best photo from last year:
This year, I was determined to have my children recognizable.
What about you? Did you go all out for back-to-school or were you just happy to get to the bus on time?