Kids grow up so damn fast. Audrey had her first homecoming dance Saturday night. It was the first time I ever saw her in a dress, and she looked great.
Why, it seems like just yesterday that she looked like this.
My friends ask me if having a daughter who is getting all gussied up to attend high school dances makes me feel old. No, I tell them, not at all! But the fact that I have to squint my eyes to read a damn text does.
A close family friend once famously declared, “old age is hell.” He was 28 when he said this. All I can say is, I hear you, bro.
Loud and clear.
Since we’re all aboard the Wayback Express, here’s a shot of Audrey on her first day of kindergarten.
Actually, I think that was the day before the day before her first day of kindergarten. I took her to her deserted school on a weekend to pose for pictures in advance. For authenticity’s sake, that is her actual classroom, at least – and the same outfit she wore. Hey, I didn’t want to have to deal with swarms of kids and a gaggle of parents armed with cameras taking photographs of their precious little ones on the first day of school. This still looks like her First Day Of School, so for all intents and purposes, it is.
As much as things change, they do sometimes remain the same. F’r instance, she liked wearing sunglasses back then…
And still enjoys them now.
So, the high school years are underway. But for me it’s a great, big “again,” because I do have a son who went through this already and graduated last year.
Oh! That reminds me. In the interest of fairness, I should post a picture of Rusty preparing for his homecoming dance five years ago.
Gosh, if he wasn’t the belle of the ball that year!
See what I mean? It’s like deja vu. I’ve already been through this already…