With my son graduating high school in the spring, I am on a mission to finish as many of his scrapbook pages as possible. It’s quite the daunting task. We have thousands of digital photos. I was originally going chronologically, but I was only up to 2003. If I continued on that path, it wasn’t very likely that I’d get to any of his middle school pages let along his high school pages.
I decided to work backwards, starting with more recent events. While sorting through my scrapbook papers to set aside all the royal blues and reds for marching band pages, I ran across the ones I had collected for school photos. In our family it is tradition each year to photograph the first day of school. It was a lot of fun to collect those photos and put them side by side to see the transformation from little boy to young man. I also made some fun discoveries.
Here are the pages I’ve completed so far:
I never noticed until now that I picked out the same shirt for him to wear for school pictures both years. I was happy that I had saved his IDs. He only grew three inches and only gained three pounds in a year. No wonder that shirt still fit!
First Day of School pages for First, Second, and Third/Fourth Grade. He was quite the ham.
First Day of School pages for Seventh and Eighth Grade and Freshman year. By this time he was picking out what he wanted to wear himself. Again, I didn’t realize until now that he wore that same t-shirt for the first day of school three years in a row. It’s pretty clear that it was one of his favorites.
By Sophomore year, he was slightly less than amused with his Paparazzi Mom. I still continued taking pictures. I warned him that resistance was futile and the photos would be made public. Junior year includes the infamous “I’m Not Going to Cooperate” pose (top right corner). I reminded him he might as well submit because I was going to continue to take pictures until I got a good one. Senior year shows that with age comes wisdom. My handsome, much more mature looking son cooperated right away with a dashing smile (and a new favorite t-shirt).