He held up a little chalkboard and posed beneath the maple in his front yard. "Charlie's first day of school!" the sign declared, along with the name of his school and who his teacher would be.
And after Charlie trotted off to his first day of preschool, his mom — an old friend of mine — had a social media freakout. Her Instagram and Facebook feeds were full of pictures of him boarding the bus and walking into school (she had followed the bus to school and watched from the parking lot to make sure he got inside), and each picture was accompanied by a comment on how emotional she was about sending her baby away to school.