The only other mother? The playground aide.
For 22 years I have taken first day of school pics, the traditional on the front lawn and then the group shots on the playground or outside the school.
Little by little I was told, 'no more." My oldest was in 6th grade and begged me not to step foot on school property,
( I think it was because I was pregnant and had a toddler in hand making it obvious to all his friends that his parents had sex )
I listened to him because I had a 2nd grader at the other school, Buh By....
My girls were fine with me taking pictures by 6th grade but at that point I had a little guy up at the other school. And, you know about my photo saboteur-even at a young age there was never enough pictures to pose for.
Times have not changed. As we were crossing the street, I realized, Wow, he is going into 7th... maybe I shouldn't be here. So I asked him if he minded if I still take pics on the playground. He said, "no worries Mom, Mrs. Treimanis will be there (mother of triplets) and some of the new kids moms will probably be there."
Well, I was uncomfortable.
I was the only mom!
I looked like that pathetic, older mother whose last baby is in 7th grade and who is refusing to let him go/grow up! I was really self conscious, which is not like me.
But, my son?
Didn't bother him a bit. In fact he kept calling me over to make sure I got this friend or that friend in a photo. I hope I'm like him when I grow up because as of now I am sure I will not be the ONLY mom on the playground next year. AWKWARD!