Allie: "Got your camera?"
Me: (blank stare)
Allie: "Your camera. You know - click-click?"
Me: "I know what a camera is. Why do I need it?"
Allie: "First day of school."
Me: "Ahhh. Right. OK, meet you out there."
22 years of pictures from the first day of school. Always on the doorstep - although the doorsteps have changed twice. Always dressed nicely (first impressions are lasting!); always carrying a backpack; and always with a bright smile filled with anticipation and excitement.
Two more years and Allison will graduate with a degree in Education. She'll go on to teach English in Middle School, most likely.
So, like her sister, she'll have many more First Days of School.
This is the second last one for me.
For a while.