John Milton said, “the childhood shows the man, as morning shows the day.”   I think a lot of us participating in today’s School Picture Day are hoping that isn’t true.

School Picture Day was the brainchild of Leanne Shirtliffe (Ironic Mom) and Clay Morgan, with Keenie Beanie’s help.  Here’s her original post last week explaining it, along with one from Leanne.

Okay, so here are my pics.  Brace yourself:

It’s okay to laugh, really!  In choosing these, it was my thinking that they got better over time.  Perhaps, but only the way nuclear reactor contaminants in the environment get better over time.  You know, half-life.

The first one, from kindergarten…is that a small mammal on my head?  My mother tells me that she sent me to school that day looking a lot neater than that.  The photographer apparently took it just after Dorothy’s house blew on to our playground.  Obviously, no one had a comb, either.

When I see the second one, after all these years, I think “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!a la Jan Brady.  Really diggin’ the matching hair ribbons, too.  Nothing can help those glasses, though.

Finally, the senior picture.  Not bad, but it doesn’t give you a sense of the typical early 80s big hair and makeup.  I was sort of a nerdy girl and out of sync with fashion.  I don’t think I really discovered makeup until college.

Well, whether or not Milton was correct about childhood showing the man – or woman, it was a fun memory ride.  Thanks for indulging me!

Check out these blogs of brave folks also participating in School Photo Day:

Leanne Shirtliffe (Ironic Mom)

Clay Morgan at Educlaytion

Author Piper Bayard

Keenie Beanie

Jen Kirchner

Kris Asselin


So, what pictures of yourself make you laugh?  Which one best evokes your childhood, in your mind?

Until next time,


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