Friday, June 3, 2011

The Day After

Sweet friends, as I sit and type, dark clouds threaten over the horizon. Thunder has been around for an hour. Child #2 is doing a happy dance---the first swim meet of the season may be cancelled before it starts! An opportunity to stay at home tonight? Be still and watch a movie? I would SOOOoooo love that!

Yesterday, Child #1 graduated from high school. It was a bittersweet moment. As "Pomp and Circumstance" played, I was a little teary-eyed and had the lip quivering thing going on.  But as the next wave of 100 children marched into the Bi-Lo center followed by the next 100 (500 kiddos, y'all!), the tears stopped, and I began watching the faces of the graduates. They had no tears--just smiles of joy and excitement! How can a mama be sad and lost in the 18 years of memories when the guests of honor are grinning from ear to ear! So, I joined the smiles and took a gazillion pictures!

After lunch, Child #2 began to ask (beg, actually!!) his daddy to take him to the DMV to try for his driver's permit. In SC, you can get a permit at the age of 15--I think that's crazy, but no one asked me! Either Hubby or I have to be in the car with him at all times. And, right now it's going to be Hubby! My little child makes Runnermom nervous!!

He practiced backing up and down the driveway first! He did not take out any shrubs or trees. Good!

Hubby was not nervous at all as he let Child #2 chauffeur him down the street. Total confidence in that baby boy!

So, what have y'all been up to?
Sweet blessings,

13 comments:

Ashley Sisk said...

Congratulations to your older son and in NC, it's the same. I got my driver's permit at 15 and then my license at 16. I think now they have some sort of law though that creates a curfew until you're 17. Not sure.

Leah @ Point Ministries said...

Hey friend, congrats to both your boys and all my sympathy to you as your 15 year old plays 'driving Miss Daisy" to you. We got our learner's permit at 15 and our driver's permit at 16. I think that is totally insane. I don't think anyone should be able to drive alone until they are 18, but no one asked me.

Have a great weekend.

Leebird said...

I love those pictures! I was at the DMV today with Garrett signing the title of his little 1987 Celica over to him. Talk about a proud boy! Of course, as we sat there waiting for J604 to get called, he reminded me.."I only have one more year of high school, Momma."

Logan is 15 today. He decided he's rather have his momma's buttermilk pie than a cake, so I'm about to go downstairs and bake the only pie I know how to bake.

Jacob and I just got back from, as he calls it, "The Will of Good." (Goodwill)That boys loves that place!

Feeling awfully lonely for my Eastern U.S. friends. I may just need to take a roadtrip. Wanna be the Louise to my Thelma? :) Love you and miss you, LeeBird

Kay @ Off the Beaten Path said...

Oh my! They are growing up aren't they? I agree: it's so fun, but bittersweet too. My advice, engage and enjoy every minute. I know you are. Congratulations on raising two fine boys! um, men!

Sharon Sloan - Joy In The Truth said...

Awwww....congratulations to everyone!

Susan, my heart started to literally ache as I got the visual of you seeing your graduating son and the flood of memories. Praying and trusting God has beautiful things for your heart as your son spreads his wings and all of your faith roots grow down more deeply!

Hugs and prayers,
Sharon

KelliGirl said...

Susan,
Congrats on the graduation! Having walked that road before, you and I know that great things await for your son, but from a mother's perspective it is so bittersweet!
And a son with a permit. Oh my! My daughter got her permit a few months ago and most of the time I look like your husband in the picture!

Enjoy the last bits of this very special weekend!

Sending blessings and prayers,
Kelli

patty said...

That's a big day, Susan!! My 15 yo is going for his permit this week... and hiis boater's license this week, too... sheesh! :)
Congrats on your graduate... what an exciting time. Love that last shot-such great expression!!
:O

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

wow Susan... where has the time gone? Your boys are men and you and Craig are doing a fantastic job preparing them for the world.

I LOVE the picture of Craig in the van. LOL! That is actually how I looked with both of my boys. :) Crazy times but nothing can stop the growing-up process.

HUGS!!!!!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

My boys started at 15 as well! Have fun with that one, and keep the kleenex handy over the next few months. I can always find reasons to cry, even amidst a crowd of smiles!

peace~elaine

Pramod Negi said...

Congrats on the graduation! Having walked that road before, you and I know that great things await for your son, but from a mother's perspective it is so bittersweet!
And a son with a permit. Oh my! My daughter got her permit a few months ago and most of the time I look like your husband in the picture!
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LisaShaw said...

Congratulations to your son! As a Mommy whose last child is leaving the nest this week...I know the feelings of mixed emotions...sadness and excitement.

I just love that shot of your husband! That would have been me (smile).

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