School picture day is my favorite day for writing out a check and not really knowing what I’m paying for. I mean, you can’t beat that moment of surprise when your 3rd grader brings home his packet a month later and you find out that the pictures were post-lunch and post-recess so he’s grinning from ear to ear with a ketchup blob on his shirt and sweaty hair sticking up on the left side. Best $50 you ever spent. Can’t wait to send those suckers to Grandma.
If you’re like me, you probably order a far bigger package than you’ll ever need. 18 wallets? Sure. Do you know 18 people who want a picture of your kid? Nope. Magnet for the fridge AND a mug? Yes. So it’s $75. You can’t put a price on capturing these moments (even though you have 892 pics of that same child on your iPhone. NOT an excuse. YOU MUST HAVE A MUG WITH YOUR KID’S FACE ON IT OR YOU’RE NOT A MOTHER.)
So here are 15 relatable tweets about the never over-priced and always-a-sound-investment experience of school picture day.
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Picture Day, because I want to remember them just as they are this morning: snot-streaked faces, puffy eyes from crying that I cut their toast into triangles and not squares.
— Ms. Havisham (@MissHavisham) September 27, 2018
School pictures – because who needs grocery money the third week of September, anyway?
— the Mom TruthBomb (@momTruthBomb) September 18, 2017
30% of the world’s landfills are made up of unused wallet-sized photos from school picture packages.
— Rodney Lacroix (@moooooog35) September 5, 2018
Settle down, school picture day packages. I don’t need a body pillow with my son’s face embroidered on it for $400.
— Mommy Cusses (@mommy_cusses) September 30, 2016
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School picture day is just like a regular day only you’re supposed to drop your kids off with less cream cheese on their faces.
— Lurkin’ Mom (@LurkAtHomeMom) October 5, 2017
Trying to decide on a school portrait package that’s somewhere between “I care but I don’t need my son’s face on a kitchen towel.”
— Sarcastic Mommy (@sarcasticmommy4) September 5, 2018
I wish my kids’ school had picture day during spirit week.
Crazy hair day.
At least then my kids would have an excuse.
— Sara Says Stop (@PetrickSara) September 26, 2018
Do you hate spending your time doing useful things? Do you like to see all your hard work destroyed in mere seconds?
Iron a 3 year old boy’s khakis.
— Becca Carnahan (@with_love_becca) August 25, 2018
Just got kicked out of school picture day for standing behind the photographer with my cellphone, saying “Just tilt your head a little to the right, Sweetie. Why pay $60 when I can Insta filter for free?”
— Mama Needs a Nap (@MamaNeedsa_Nap) September 26, 2018
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For children in the U.S. right now, I think the apocalypse background is the only appropriate background for School Picture Day.
— Jared Bilski (@JaredBilski) September 26, 2018
My preschooler went to school with a scrape on his face and a temporary tattoo on his chest that was showing above his shirt. In other words, he is all set for school picture day.
— Julie S. Gourds 🎃👻 (@vickjulie) September 26, 2018
Attention teachers: if you don’t tell me there is going to be a class retake photo, everyone in the class is going to have a kid dressed as Captain Kirk forever in the middle of their third grade class picture.
Work with me here.
— Heather M. Jones (@hmjoneswriter) September 26, 2018
Today is school picture day so my kids wore their favorite toothpaste on their shirts.
— Simon Holland (@simoncholland) March 23, 2017
I want my kids to express themselves as individuals by choosing their own clothes & hairstyles.
Except on school picture day.
— Leslie Gaar, Writer (@lgaarwrites) September 26, 2018
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Today is school picture day. The day when parents pay through the nose for a surprise picture of their child. Will he smile? Will he look like an ax murderer? The suspense is killing me! #wellplayedlifetouch
— Polished Tip To Toe (@ToPolished) October 1, 2018
Has your kid had school picture day yet? If not, there’s still time to buy a super cute pair of khakis he won’t be able to unbutton in the bathroom and a collared shirt for him to spill BBQ sauce on, so get shopping! And you might as well warn the grandparents that some pot-holders with your kids’ faces on them are coming their way this holiday season.