I keep seeing all of the back to school pictures all over my Facebook and Instagram feeds over the past couple of weeks. It is hard to believe that summer is ending. My kiddos head back at the end of next week, so we have just a few more days of summer. I know that some get annoyed by all of the back to school photos filling their social media feeds, but I have to say that I love them. Sometimes it is the only way I get to see my friends’ children. I love looking at them and seeing my friends’ faces reflected in their kiddos’ faces. It takes me back to memories of days gone by. I also love seeing how the kids are growing. So much changes in a child in the span of a year as they grow and change. It’s incredible. I look at previous first day of school pictures of my own kids as they pop up in my Facebook memories and reflect over how much they have changed. You don’t always notice the change when you are living life with them day in and day out. Then when you actually compare two pictures side by side that are a year apart, you start to see all the differences. I love reflecting over the previous year and all the things that we did together and all the things they have accomplished. Those BTS pictures give me the joy of memories, so I say bring them on!
Kids grow up so fast. I have been thinking about my oldest a lot lately as we get ready to enter a new school year. She only has 3 more years before she graduates and moves on. It is hard to believe that the little 4 lb. 8 oz. baby that entered my world all those years ago is now this young woman who is almost as tall as I am. I have watched her grow up a lot, especially over the past 3 or 4 months. I’m not talking about height, although I swear she grows an inch a week. I’m talking about in maturity. She has always been the goofy, clueless blond who is slightly immature for her age. In fact, my husband and I worry all the time about how in the world she will handle the real world on her own. However, she has given me a little hope over the past few months as I have finally seen her start to mature and take some responsibility for herself. Don’t get me wrong, she is still the goofy immature kid who loves to play up her cluelessness with her friends as they shake their heads and laugh at her, but I see her changing. I see her growing. I have a glimmer of hope that she is going to be ok when she leaves the nest. No, I am not ready for it by any means, but I know it is coming. I know that there are only 3 more back to school photos to post online for the world to see. It makes me sad. I truly cannot imagine letting her go, and it hurts my heart to even think about it. All of the back to school photos remind me that the end is near.
Parents, I urge you to take those pictures year after year even if your teen begs you not to or your kindergartner won’t stand still. Display them proudly for all the world to see. One day soon, you aren’t going to have a BTS photo to take anymore, but I can promise you those memories of years past are going to come up year after year in your Facebook feed. You are going to be thankful that you have them as you look at them reflecting on old memories. You are going to remember how much they have grown and changed. You are going to miss those grubby little faces. Hold on to that moment forever, and take the darn picture!