By Jim Magdefrau
It was a bit different this year as I photographed children on their first day of school. As a holdover from my actual “working” days, I keep a schedule so I can rotate the opening day ceremonies among several centers.
This year it was Norway’s turn. It was too rainy for a flag-raising ceremony, but children were greeted by staff with happy music. In fact, I think the song playing was called “Happy.”
Teachers wore masks and students wore masks. I photographed until I thought I found the perfect “smizing” photograph. It’s a new term that means smiling with your eyes.
That works for me.
It takes me back to my many first days. Iowa State. First two classes were a philosophy course that scrambled my brain, and an English course that had a teacher that used air quotes, but actually said the word “quotes” while he air-quoted. I knew it was going to be a long year.
Zoom ahead to my senior year at college, and I saw what looked like junior high kids walking around campus. They were just kids. I asked housemates if I looked like that my freshman year. They answered that I still look like that.
Oh well. That works for me.
Now great nieces and nephews are heading to school. They point with pride to their masks. Two are going to a different school in a different town. The great niece already has two new best friends in preschool.
I hope everyone has a good school year. It’s sure different. But the kids are the same. It works for me.