I made it to the graduation. It was absolutely adorable. You know, we tend to think our music teacher can be a bit over the top, but I have to applaud her. Whenever the kids have something at school that involves a performance, the kids all participate, and it's a joy to watch. I have to say it, even though Nolan would disagree--she rocks! Had you seen the little kindies all singing together, hand motions in sync, you would agree.
The big boys came out of their classes to watch with us. I could see how happy Ryan was to see us there, so jazzed to see us waving at him like mad from the back row. He was excited that Mr W showed up, and in uniform to boot (the kindies are all still very impressed with a man in blue, lol, well, most of them anyway--"Who's Daddy is that?" was whispered as they all walked by, and I thought my heart was going to burst wide open as Ryan jumped up and down, "OH! That's MY DADDY!!" to his friends that didn't already know. And of course, the big grin on his Dad's face was nice, too.)
As they got started, I got ready. Camera in hand...and a moment of panic b/c I forgot to put Kleenex in my pocket...wait, in the purse, there it is--I dug some out as Nolan looked at me: "Are you gonna cry?" "Yes." He rolls his eyes, and makes boo-hoo eyerubbing motions with his fists. Ah, the sympathy and understanding of an 11 yr old. "Are you gonna cry when I finish 6th grade next year?" "You have no idea." I wasn't embarrassed about getting teary until people kept coming up to me later, saying "Oh, that happens to me, too, I cry at these things all the time." For the record, I was not bawling, just a bit teary, enough to wipe but not so much that I couldn't see. Sheesh. So I'm a little emotional, cut me some slack. I'm just relieved Ryan didn't drop his drawers or do his regular shimmy onstage.
Anyway, after the kid's portion of the program, the video onslaught continued, with the "Wonderful World" song and pics of the kids...and I sat there, eagerly awaiting Ryan's picture. Finally, there he was! I was surprised--because--he made an unprecedented Mom-face! You know what I mean, how the kids will have a facial expression that is a perfect mimic of the parent? Well, my kid's expressions are usually purely Dad's, and it's something that totally amuses me. To see him raising his eyebrow, smiling like me, really knocked me over. Cool! I asked his teacher if she'd send me it...hopefully she'll remember~
I'm so glad that we could make it, in spite of my bad memory.
Speaking of bad memory, I haven't done my Sat Six yet...and my week feels incomplete without it. So here we are, on Thurs morning, gettin' 'er done.
Saturday Six - Episode 59
1. What is the most inexpensive, non-valuable thing you tend to collect and hoard? Why do you do it?
Pens, stationery, blank journals. I LOVE pens, it drives Mr W crazy that I have sooo many, but can part with none. Don't you touch them, either, I don't like to share them. Stationery and blank journals are just nice to look at, lol. Actually--shhh---I write snail mail to my out-of-state friends, and I like to have a nice blank notecard to rattle off little notes to them when I have time. Hmm. Pens, journals, stationery--do I detect a subliminal love of writing here? lol.
2. What is the highest price you've paid per gallon for gasoline where you live? Do you use regular, mid-grade or premium?
I think it was $2.79 or so (ugh, I'm nauseous just thinking about it, thank goodness I don't drive an SUV). Regular, I don't think that there's a real reason to go with the other stuff unless you are driving some kind of sportscar that requires it, lol, which my van certainly isn't.
3. What is your favorite Bible verse and why? If you don't have a verse from the Bible that holds meaning to you, what's your favorite saying and why?
"Keep your friends close and your enemies closer." Oh, wait, good advice, wrong book ;)
Tongue in cheek, because I have 4 kids, Genesis 9:7, about ahem, being fruitful and increasing in number, multiplying on the earth...
In actuality, and forgive my morbid bent, but Psalm 23:4, the funeral classic, "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and your staff, they comfort me." It really is kind of poetic, I think, and for whatever reason, soothes my savage beast within. I will fear no evil--yah, there's something to keep in mind everyday, for evils real and imagined.
4. What was your favorite movie from the 1970s? When did you last view it? Do you have it in your movie collection?
Okay, you all know how I feel about Star Wars. But for my money, I have have to say "Jaws" here. I love that movie, I watch it every time it's on, and it's the reason this desert rat won't swim in the ocean, lol. I last saw it about 6 mo ago, and it's summertime, so it's gonna be on again alot soon (hooray!). I don't own it.
5. Do you weigh more, less, or the same as you did one year ago? Six months ago? Three months ago?
Oh, fine. Less :) About the same :s About the same, grrr...give or take the 2-3 lbs I gain and lose all the time. Just what I want to ponder right now, gee, thanks. :p Gotta go steam some veggies now--
6. READER'S CHOICE QUESTION #54 from Jennie: What one lyric sums up your current love life? Your view on life? Your past? Your hopes/dreams/fears?
Current love life? From Sarah Maclachlan, 'Possession' "..and I would be the one, to hold you down, kiss you so hard, I'll take your breath away.." and John Mellencamp's 'Cherry Bomb' "seventeen has turned thirty-five, I'm surprised that we're still livin'...got a few kids of my own, and some days I still don't know what to do..." My past? No Doubt's 'Just a Girl' "I'm just a girl in the world...that's all you'll let me be.." My view on life? Coldplay, from the Parachutes cd, "..we live in a beautiful world..." (how Pollyanna of me) My hopes/dreams/fears? From Sarah again, 'Answer' "I will be the answer at the end of the line, I will be there for you while you take the time, In the burning of uncertainty I will be your solid ground, I will hold the balance if you can't look down" (I think of the kids as teenagers when I hear this, and hope they realize I'm here for them and they can come to me. How Pollyanna of me again!)