Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Get Ready, Get Set, Don't Go



This blog post was supposed to be about Brangelina. About telling them to stop, already, for crap's sake. That the United Nations called: they want their delegates back. I had some good name ideas for the twins, like "Really" and "Good-Looking". Also, some suggestions of who they might consider adopting next, like Sean Preston & Jayden James....or Lindsay Lohan.

But the truth is, my first born baby girl is graduating elementary school tomorrow and will be a middle schooler and I am a teary, photo album-browsin', sad song-listenin' mess. Do yourself a favor and do not download Billy Ray Cyrus' song 'Ready, Set, Don't Go'. Like I just did. To torture myself. Why don't I just make myself a mix tape of "I Hope You Dance"  "Memories" and "The Times of Your Life". 

I don't know, it's more than the end of a school year. It's the end of my role as Her Audience for every holiday concert and Open House...art shows and school plays....Halloween parade and Thanksgiving "feasts". Read-a-thons and book fairs...and I was her Class Mom and I chaperoned her field trips. And I brought my camera every time. And her face would light up when I caught her eye. And she'd wave her little hand and grin with excitement. And I would revel in the knowledge that it would be like this for a long time.

But it isn't. It really isn't a long time at all. 

18 comments:

The Mom said...

Congrats to your sweetheart! Don't listen to Trace Adkins' "You're Gonna Miss This" either...*sniff sniff*

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

Awww...you'll still be her audience...you just might have to share you seat with a few other people, that's all.

Kelly said...

Yay for the grad!!
But us poor moms.. :(
I am already preparing myself when my youngest goes to kindergarden next year..they'll have to scoop me off the floor, I know I'll be a huge mess. :)

~Steph said...

My oldest is now done with kindergarten and will be entering 1st grade! I can't get over the fact that he'll be in a classroom WITH DESKS!! (I don't know why that's so poignant but it is...) And my "baby" will be starting preschool. I know they're still so young, but...

ali said...

I just hope your not PMSing as well this week! I was during Kindergarten grad week--not a good combination--talk about a hot mess!

Amy J. said...

No, it isn't much time - you are right! I'll watch #2 Graduate high school next year, then a short break before #3 & 4.

I think we tell ourselves from the moment they are born what the goal is - to make them good human beings, but dang, it hurts when they leave even if you feel you've done just that!

Tenakim said...

You will still be her audience, she will just wish you weren't there.

Dette said...

I thought I was gonna quit getting all teary eyed, but it looks like you're not helping. ;)

They sang "I Hope You Dance" at 8th grade grad, so I was listening to it in my head as I read your post.

And I wanted to thank you for your comment on the twins... I didn't know that about you!!! Congrats girl - and thank you for being there... :)

That Crazy Mom said...

I had intended to put together one of those video montage things for Sissy's high school graduation and I planned to use that Billy Ray Cyrus song.

Needless to say, it didn't get done. How am I supposed to see the damn computer monitor through big huge tears?? I can't.

Maybe I'll get it done in time for her 18th birthday in September.

Val said...

Oh, you poor thing.

But just think....you are one year closer to having your house back....where you can run naked whenever you want!

TMI? Oh well...I am rooting for that day here!

Gettysburg Mom said...

I'm just waiting for the first time my son says, "Could you just drop me off here? I can walk the rest of the way...". {This growing up quickly thing is one reason why I don't want my husband teaching the baby to walk. She's a baby. Babies do not walk, they crawl. What's the rush? Geesh.}

Bee said...

Well, that made me alittle sad but you do have the following to look forward to.

Dates, threatening her dates, following them in your car making sure they don't see you, sitting 2 rows behind them at the movies, wearing a disguise so you can walk in the middle of them and mess up their first kiss and oh so many other things.

What? I know that's what I'm gonna do for my nieces. ;o)

Kristi said...

My husband and I were talking the other night how it is going to be hard when our son goes off to college (he's only 8 for crying out loud), and we got all choked up. Then my husband says. "I'm going with him". huh...what..like we are going to follow him wherever he goes? Yep. Or at least get a condo there so we can go to all the games. Isn't that borderline wierd? We laughed after that. It is a sad thought though.

Denise Thomas said...

Some friend you are. I am barely through my second cup of coffee and already I'm weeping. Now I'll have to add a shot. Again.

Ann said...

Geez!!!
I did this to myself when my niece, a.k.a. "could be your little sister" left for college!
Nickel Creek "When You Come Back Down".
Geez...

Lane Boyz Mom said...

OMG Another Mom that acted the same way I did!!!!!! I thought it was just me!!!! My son graduated elementary school two weeks ago:(:(:(:( I have one more to get through elementary school, he has next year left...think I could pay them to hold him back a few years? I'm not ready:(:(

onangelwings said...

Awwww....love this post. So sad and so true. Poor you. I feel your pain. I hate the mornings when I wake and they just LOOK bigger. Sup with that?

Shelley said...

I was reading this with a mixture of awwwww...and...I wonder if I should warn her...

You see, I have a 16 year-old girl and a 13 year-old girl (going to be a junior in hs and 8th grader, respectively). The really sad part is when you look at old pictures and think, "Hey, I miss that kid...I wonder where she went?"

Never mind. You'll find out soon enough. (((hugs)))

To top it all off, the third (and final) one is starting kindergarten in two weeks. Yay? Um...sniff. Woot! *cries* Help.