Some things aren’t meant to be captured for posterity, like the lost city of Atlantis or that time Dad asked if you knew why your body was “changing.” Picture Day at school is like that, and we should do everything in our power to end it. It’s not that your child isn’t cute, of course — it’s that so many others aren’t.
Every September kids bring home order forms and demand money so parents can get pictures of a child they see every day. Clothes are laid out the night before as children roll their eyes. “You are NOT going to school dressed like that, young man. These pictures are for Aunt Jeanne!” Yet what are these photos really documenting?