Today is officially back to school here in the Tri-State.  Ryan and I were talking to Ron Rhodes this morning about the back to school trends on social media, and it reminded me of just how ugly I un-photogenic I was, and still very much am to this day.  I present this to you for two purposes.  First, yes, I'm jumping aboard an online trend.  And secondly, if you are a student, or maybe you have a child that sometimes deals with bullies or body-image issues, you can show that person photos of me and remind them that things could always be worse.

Please be warned, this post is full of photos of me.  That can be a lot for some people to handle.  I've got mom back at home looking for my junior high school and high school pictures as well, so hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to bring you some of the lowlights from my awful adolescent years:

 

The Hirschbuhl Collection

KINDERGARTEN: This is the youngest and also the most INTENSE of my school photos.  My piercing glare can actually draw blood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FIRST GRADE: Also known as my "Sophomore Attempt."  A small step forward from my first outing at looking human.

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SECOND GRADE: That glimmer of hope in my eye shows that I, at one time, thought I had the potential to blossom into a normal handsome man.  This was not in the cards for me.

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The Hirschbuhl Collection

THIRD GRADE: Clearly taken mid-word, I call this masterpiece "Wait, I'm supposed to smi... <CLICK>"   ___________________________________________________________________________

The Hirschbuhl Collection

FOURTH GRADE: Don't ask me what is on my shirt or how many I'm wearing.

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FIFTH GRADE: As I try to exit my turtleneck phase, I'm clearly still terrified of cameras.  My "hair helmet" is fierce, though.   ___________________________________________________________________________

 

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SIXTH GRADE: One of my better attempts at resembling a human, you can tell this childhood gem is still framed and displayed along a staircase in my parents' home!