It’s been interesting to see the flood of “First Day of School” pictures that have swept Facebook in the past few weeks–both on a “they start HOW early?” level and on a “crazy how much has changed” level. What I mean to say is that so much of our lives is now documented in a way people years ago never would have dreamed of. Some of this might well be because we’ve spread so far out, as families and friends. I know one reason I post pics of the fam is that I want my extended family and friends to all be able to see what’s happening with me and mine. I’ve got friends on multiple continents, all over this country. If people want to know what’s going on, I want to let them.
Of course, one of the reasons I have friends all over this country and on multiple continents is because of the same tools I use to keep them all up to date. Before social networking, I was a complete failure when it came to staying connected. It wasn’t that I didn’t like my old friends. It was that I was terrible at remembering to write them all. Now, I can update one spot, and anyone who wants to can go there to read that update.
If you don’t know what’s happening in my life anymore, that’s no longer my fault. What a relief. 🙂
So anyway, my son is now a second grader, and he’s gone back to school. Thanks to Facebook, I see just how widespread this phenomenon is. I see all of your pictures, and they’re cute and all–but they don’t really mean a lot to me. (Heartless, I know.) But MY pictures of MY children–surely everyone and their brother spends hours marveling at one wonderful offspring I have. 🙂
In any case, TRC is another year older. DC is more than a little envious that he gets to go to school and she doesn’t, but she starts preschool this year, and she’s really looking forward to that. And now I have tons of other things to get done (I’m a busy man, ya know), so without further ado, I give you the Requisite Pictures: