Parents are sharing hilarious before and after pictures of their kids' first day of school

Since the advent of social media, parents all over the country have shared photos of their fresh-faced offspring all primped and prepped for their first day of school. Frequently, we get to see smiling kids hold a sign noting their grade, usually on the family front porch, and nearly always toting the obligatory backpack.

In response, we all "Like" the photos and post comments about how fast time flies and how quickly kids grow up. It's all very cute and sweet.

But what we rarely get to see is what the rest of that first day looks like for those kids. And when we do, the photos are truly worth a thousand words.

The Inspirational Quotes Page on Facebook shared a collection of before and after pics on kids' first days of school, and oh my, these babies look like they had a heck of a day.

Some of these kiddos look like they survived a natural disaster on their first day of school.

This kid just looks stunned after his first day of kindy.

Photo after photo of perfectly coiffed hair-dos totally undone by the day.

Umm, what the hole? You know there's got to be a story here.

And here. It's like the Hunger Games out there, friends.

It's not just the kids, either. Imagine how teachers feel at the end of the first day. (I can speak from experience here—teachers are frigging superheroes. It's a rewarding job, but it's physically and mentally exhausting.)

Especially considering the challenge of living and trying to educate children through a global pandemic, it's not surprising to see these before and after photos of the first day of school.

The after photos don't negate the excitement of starting a new school year, of course, and let's hope that most of these kids look so disheveled because they had so much fun and activity during their day. The images are a refreshing reminder that social media images don't tell the whole story, though, and that kids' lives aren't as simple as we often mistake them to be.

We feel you, wee ones, because we're draggin' too. Solidarity.


1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

This article originally appeared on 08.21.18

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