It just has to be done. Every mother forces her kids to stand in front of a tree in the yard before heading off on their first day of the new school year. The kids instantly stiffen into an awkward, forced pose and they get that pissed off cheesy grin on their face while they wait for you to JUST TAKE THE DAMN PICTURE! Here's proof it doesn't get any better as they get older. This is my son, a senior, with the awkward stance and my daughter, an eighth grader, with the cheesy grin. This is what I got when I asked them to act like they liked each other. CLASSIC.

Since my son is a senior this year, I thought it would be fun to look back at his "first day of school" pictures  through the years.  You can bet I'm going to have these pictures printed and displayed at his grad. party.  It's the least amount of embarrassment I can cause him for the years of pissed off grins he gave me when I simply wanted one nice picture to document his first day of school.

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