The Gallery: Back to School

The Gallery has been on my radar for some time, but I’ve never actually taken part. This week the theme is something particulary close to my heart – back to school – and I decided it was time for me to take the plunge and join in.

My biggest boy isn’t just going back to school, he’s started his new secondary school. He’s there RIGHT NOW. I hope he’s OK, I’m sure he will be. He’s one of those kids that just lets things wash over him – he doesn’t get stressed or nervous or excited.

But I have a problem. When I started blogging I resolved not to include pictures of my kids – to protect their anonymity. More recently I’ve shifted my own goalposts and now I don’t include RECOGNISABLE pictures of my kids. So you might see pictures of them as babies or toddlers or recent ones from funny angles.

I’ve taken some beautiful photos of my boy today. He looks gorgeous and grown up in his blazer and tie, but I know I can’t betray his trust and publish them.

So what to do?

Use a photo from his very first day of school, of course!

This is him and his little brother, aged nearly 2, from back in the day when photos were taken on cameras with films and you crossed your fingers and hoped they turned out OK when you picked them up from Boots weeks or months later.

Well this one did and it’s still one of my favourite pictures ever.

It’s also a little bit of history because I knocked that hideous 1970s wall down in my car a year or so later with the little brother in the front passenger seat. Luckily we were both unharmed!

 This post was written in response to Week 113 of The Gallery on Sticky Fingers. You can go and take a look at some others too!

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. You and your car seem to have a habit of knocking into things! I do hope he has got on well at school today. Good luck to your man and I commend you for not putting photos on….I had never even thought about that!

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  2. I do wonder about all the photo’s of bloggers’ children. I wouldn’t publish mine online because you have no control over who uses them for what.

    But on a happier note, I did smile at you knocking down the wall – it’s the sort of thing I would do.

    Hope everyone had a good day back at school today x.

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  3. Yes, I’m not the best driver! 🙁
    It’s a shame that we have to think about whether or not to post photos, but I think it’s for the best. I would love to include the photos because I love taking them and am so proud of my children, but I don’t think it’s fair on them.
    My boy had a good day, thanks, although all he could talk about was cheese paninis!x

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  4. You knocked it down!!? That did make me laugh! A gorgeous post as always and a very cute photo! I hope today went well xx

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  5. Lovely picture, Sarah. The only problem with your ‘faceless’ header is that every time I see it it reminds me of a terrifying (for a little boy) episode of Sapphire & Steel about a man without a face!

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  6. Yep, I really did knock it down! It was only a single layer of bricks. We endured much joking that I did it on purpose just to get the insurance and a new wall!
    Thanks very much, James. I must say I have never heard of Sapphire & Steel. You have the most incredible memory for stuff from back in the day!

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