Poor child #3. In a minute I might even remember his name. Oh yeah, it's Justin.
Today was his first day of Pre-K. In my own defense, it wasn't his real first day. He went to the same school last Friday. Same classroom. Same kids. He got a new teacher who he's seen on the playground every day for two years. So really it was no big whoop.
School started at 9:00 and at 8:50 we were still upstairs. "Justin, brush your teeth." Ali glances at the clock. Oh shit. We're late. "Never mind. You're going with stank breath. Way to impress Ms. Maureen on the first day..." With this, my child who HATES to brush his teeth insisted that today was the day he was turning over a new oral hygiene leaf. I agreed to let him meet me downstairs.
I yanked him out the door and shoved him in front of the traditional First Day of School Picture Tree and began snapping the worst photos in the history of rushed-non-real-first-day-of-Pre-K photos.
This one was particularly good. So I present to you the Top 5 Elements to Screw Up A First Day of School Picture.
2. Eyes closed. It wasn't very sunny out. I swear he did it on purpose because half of the pictures from the morning are like this. It's like he closed them in exasperation from the 32 previous seconds of picture taking.
3. The grill. Do you call this a smile? What is it? Looks like he has a bad taste in his mouth and he doesn't want to shut it. So yes, he purposely jutted out his bottom jaw and bared his teeth. Luckily they were newly brushed. Probably the best brushing of his career.
4. Water spots from brushing his teeth. This shirt was actually the result of a wardrobe change. The brand new t-shirt he got for his birthday did not fit him to his pint-sized satisfaction, so I had to throw him in a hand-me-down golf shirt from his brother. In fact one of those water stains is a real stain.
5. Toothpaste. But of course. By the time I noticed we were already outside. Door locked, the whole bit. The toothpaste shirt would have to do. Plus, who am I fooling? We've been at the school for two years. The bar is already set low. What harm will a little toothpaste do at this point?
SO - Let me see your WORST First Day of School Pictures. Post them to the blog's Facebook page and I'll give a shout-out to the particularly awful ones. Won't this be fun?