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For most, a better measurement of time than the calendar year is the academic year. The repetition of the first day of school becomes a benchmark of growth. Every year, the backpack—a little heavier—fits a little better.
Taking the place of annual school portraits is the emerging trend of first day of school photos. Pinterest is loaded with ideas for ways to mark the day. From recording little Mary’s likes and dislikes to chronicling James’ career dreams, the list goes on and on.
Perhaps its the sentimentality of the day, of the potential that academic year can bring, but the trend has spread to social media. Those gawky, missing-front-teeth photos end up online making the event of growing up a public one.
When all is said and done, who wouldn’t prefer the casual shot with new lunchbox and notebooks in tow. We’ve come a long way from the stiff “picture day” photos as a personal archive of our youth. Kids can glance back at the year and marvel at their incremental progress with photos hashtagged with #firstdayofschool and #lastdayofschool.