Friday, June 21, 2013

Sunrise, Sunset...

I put my son on the bus this morning for the last day of his elementary school career. Come August, we will have a middle-schooler in the house. Pray for my sanity. No, too late for that. Pray for something... It amuses TheBoy that I still refer to the middle school as "junior high". It was a junior high when I went there...

In less than a year he'll be a teenager. {pause for shudder} I don't know that I'm ready for this. It won't be long before he discovers girls [SHUDDER] and then all bets are off. Well, at least until Baby Girl G. discovers boys. Then I'm going to head off into the woods to begin my life as a hermit...

It seems like just yesterday that I was standing at the bus stop with a five year old boy waiting for that first ride to school. I blinked, and that little boy grew into a young man. Blink again, he'll be going to the prom. His sister's right on his heels, too; by the time this posts she'll be done with her fourth grade career and only have two years left at the elementary school.

Next year and the year after will prove interesting, with TheBoy and BabyGirl G. in different schools. He'll be leaving earlier - middle school starts at 7:15, whereas the elementary school bus doesn't even pick up until 7:55. He'll also be home earlier - school's out at 1:55 rather than 2:55; he'll be home for an hour and a half before his sister. Mornings will become exponentially easier as the incessant fighting will no longer be an issue. Looking forward to that.

While sometimes I do miss my babies, I really like the young man and woman they're growing into...

That is all.

12 comments:

Dave H said...

I know the feeling. My youngest (of 3) graduates from high school on Sunday and starts college in September. Jeez, where'd everybody go? Fortunately for me (although I'll never admit that to him) he'll be living at home while he goes to college.

(I still call that junior high too, although where I went sixth grade was part of the elementary school.)

Knucklehead said...

It took me a while to learn that aggravation is a different thing that trouble. My two daughters gave me no end of aggravation and never a moment of trouble.

I presume you are aware of the "Rules for Dating My Daughter".

http://www.funnyhumor.com/jokes/1116.php

I found it useful to add Rule 11: Always remember, I am not afraid to go back to prison.

Bubblehead Les. said...

If you really want to feel old, think of this: in less than 6 years, he can join the U.S. Military.

Without your Permission.

Let's hope that if he choses to do so, that there's an Administration WORTHY of having the U.S. Military.

Jennifer said...

I know the feeling. Mine went off to camp in another state and hasn't even bothered to write/text.

Glenn B said...

Mine are 28 and 23 but they are still my kids! It all seems to have gone by so fast when you look back on it.

Jay G said...

Knucklehead, I have only three rules...

Stretch said...

Remind The Boy that once a teenager "all I need is one parent on the jury and I walk."

And I'm sure your parish priest will be happy to provide a list of convent schools for Baby Girl G.

Firehand said...

Friend has a daughter now 7; he figures by the time she turns 13 he'll either have that stroke and die, or have had time to dig the moat and get a permit for alligators.

Crossed with rattlesnakes.

Old NFO said...

Trust me, it NEVER gets better...

The Neophyte said...

The baby girl is starting her last year of college. The two boys are living down the street from us, working good jobs and are productive members of society. I'm not sure how we got from "Carry Me" to "I've got the dinner check, Dad" but it does go quick. Enjoy the milestones on the way and unlike you, I still have some of my hair.

TOTWTYTR said...

Yeah, what Old NFO said.

That aside, as a grand father I just want you to know that your parents are enjoying your torment.

I know I'm enjoying my son's and my grand son isn't even four yet.

I can't wait for his teen years. :)

God, Gals, Guns, Grub said...

Enjoy them... my one and only turns 18 today and heads to college in August... where did the time go...

Dann in Ohio