Monday, May 21, 2007

Taylor's Graduation

With Michael in Iraq all my emotions seem to be right under the surface. Similar to being pregnant and crying at all the Hallmark commercials, I did some crying at the graduation. Luckily I had left my glasses in the car. I need them for distance and all I had in my purse were my prescription sunglasses so this hid my tears a little though my son asked disgustedily if I was crying to which I replied, "Allergies."

It was long. We were sitting in bleachers wearing our best clothes which made the bleachers extremely uncomfortable. I was never good at sitting still in confined places. Movie theatre, broadway shows ( I do love a show though and if its good enough I am distracted from my torture), church. It's always torturous for me. This was NOT entertaining though. Sorry.

An archbishop gave the commencement address and seriously, I thought I was gonna have to off him. Please, please, please stop talking. I NEEDED to put him in a dress and heals and seat him up in the bleachers behind a large man leaving no where to put his legs and let him sit until his one leg fell asleep. Once he paused and we all started clapping, hopeful that this was the end. Not a chance. It only encouraged him and he went on and on and on.

Johnny expresses how we all felt in this picture.

Finally they began to call names. First the Bachelor of Science then the Bachelor of Arts. Taylor was a Bachelor of Arts and with a last name begining with S she was in the second to last row. Another interminably long wait. Finally our moment of glory. She had asked us to make some noise, something we are very capable of, and we did. Later I asked her if she heard us.

"No," she said. "I was so nervous all I heard was the President say, Congratulations Taylor. Let's get a picture together."

I am very proud of my beautiful and smart first child. All I ever wanted for my children was for them to get an education and find happiness. That's it.

(Our parting shot illustrates how "DONE" we were. Lisa can't walk in her heels any longer and Johnny, her normally unhelpful brother is so anxious to get to the car and get some food that he carries her through the parking lot. Meanwhile John is a few steps ahead and already has his tie off and is working on the shirt. We are a class act.)


Blogger dawn said...

Mary you would think by now they would realize people don't want to hear those speeched. I sympathize with you. You should be proud though what a great accomplishment. It's okay to cry, I remember sitting at the mayor's elementary school graduation and the kids sang I believe I can Fly and my tears were trickling down my cheeks like a fool. Something I swore I would never do but you have reason. Hope the rest of the day was great

5/21/2007 12:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Gelnda said...

Hey, Mary, My daughter also graduated from college this past weekend..whoo-hoo...our keynote decided we all wanted to hear about his life growing up in New York....gag!

5/21/2007 02:12:00 PM  
Blogger willowtree said...

Wow Mary, a huge Congratulations to Taylor!!

I almost didn't read this post all the way through, you nearly lost me at 'Archbishiop', I have a cut-off switch for any religious terms.

5/21/2007 07:03:00 PM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

Major congratulations to Taylor!

I think maybe we are all pregnant. I drove by the marker for the Jimmy Carter Historic Center and tears came to my eyes. I just miss having a reasonable man as President, I guess.

I would say hang in there, it gets better with the kids, but it doesn't. Always a worrier, I guess.

5/21/2007 07:13:00 PM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

This is not meant to be insulting in any way, but for the life of me, I can not understand Ladies shoe buying habits.

Nancy Sinatra was right - They are made for walking!:)

5/21/2007 10:03:00 PM  
Blogger la bellina mammina said...

Congrats Taylor! You must be proud Mary. And love those photos.

5/21/2007 10:31:00 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

What a class act, Mary! You have a great family! Congrats to Taylor.
You'll have to keep a lid on your murderous tendencies towards men of the cloth who waffle too much, though. ;o)

5/22/2007 06:41:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Dawn- I was thinking the same about how they should know we don't want to hear all these long speeches. Call the names! that's what it should be about.

Glenda- Congratulations to your daughter! Yea, these speakers need to get a clue.

Willowtree- Thanks and I tend to have the same reaction. Thanks for pressing on.

Peacechick- Yes I guess we'll all be crying for awhile wether our kids are home or not.

TUA- It's so simple...they are pretty. Taylor smartly wore flats but then she's the one with the degree right?

La Bellina- Thank you.

Cream- Too funny. I will do my best.

5/22/2007 07:25:00 AM  
Blogger just me said...

Having a son in Iraq is a nightmare all its own. So many things are always running through the back of your mind. But, I know he will be happy to see the pictures of the graduation. Congrats to Taylor, and as for the speech, put some people in front of mike, and they don't know when to stop. You'd think the yawns would clue them in.

5/22/2007 07:49:00 AM  
Blogger Shrink wrapped scream said...

Wow, that's a wonderful landmark, isn't it? Big hugs all round, eh? Many congratulations to you and Taylor, both.

Spare a thought on Saturday for us. It's annual "Founders Day", and compulsary for two of my children to attend (in full school uniform). We need to be there for 9.30, and won't escape 'til after 3pm. None of my lot are even up for any mention! Worse, it's also on Beccy's birthday - can you believe that?

Such a load of stuff and nonsense.. now if it were for a Graduation, well OF COURSE that would be different, but Jeez, I so do not get the point of this. Sigh.

5/22/2007 08:15:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Carol- I believe we are cut from the same cloth. This is the same attitude I always have at these things. Ha! Ah well. A mothers gotta do what a mothers gotta do. But poor Beccy! You'll make it up to her I'm sure. I'll be thinking of you though.

5/22/2007 08:19:00 AM  
Blogger Chuck said...

Hi Mary!

I feel for you guys. Those DREADED graduation ceremonies...

We've only got one left (next year), if I don't include two of the boys' girlfriends...and one of those is in a couple of weeks.

Shoot me now.

5/22/2007 12:36:00 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Gay - cry babies - you all probably got drunk afterwards - Carla drinks too much, I hope it doesn't run in the family. Taylore shoudl not follow the example of her mother and sister..or as I call them.. The Beales

5/22/2007 03:56:00 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

congrats on making it through the ceremony without throwing your heels at the archbishop's head :)

I was, indeed, in MD last week - but the visit was a flying one, and time very short. plus I was in lovely Mt. Ranier, a block from the DC line, and probably not very near your own lovely neck of the woods! we had a police chopper over the house at 1:30 a.m. the last night as a manhunt went through the neighborhood - as my sister-in-law said, it was a memorable sendoff ;)

5/22/2007 06:24:00 PM  
Blogger Dizzy Dezzi said...

Congratulations, Mary. I probably would say more, but everyone else pretty much took all my comments ***wink***.

(Although, I have been dying to tell someone that my baby, Lilith, says she wants to be a fire fighter when she grows up. This will help me get her to eat more veggies, I think--the only child who actually takes my advice--of course, if she had said she wanted to join the Army, I probably would ground her for life ***wink***)

You've got so much to be proud of. Way to go, Mom!

5/22/2007 11:32:00 PM  
Blogger Katie McKenna said...

Wow! Fabulous heels!

ok.. that said :) Congratulations to Taylor and you! It is definitely a challenge to keep our children on a good and healthy path.

5/23/2007 11:58:00 AM  
Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

Congratulations to Taylor! You and your family get the Patience Award for sitting through all the speeches. Not wishing to be a victim of the self-absorbed, I flicked my own matriculation ceremony.

BTW, where is Carla?

5/23/2007 10:15:00 PM  
Blogger Carla said...

Your family is so cool!! Yay Taylor! I think that's the first time I have ever seen Lisa in heels.
Mark - you suck.

5/24/2007 07:52:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Chuck- I hear ya!

Mark- Live a little.

Alice- Sorry it wasn't a more pleasurable trip.

Dizzy- Raising a strong woman I see. But definitely ground her if she goes for the army. Lord.

Katie- Who knew it would be so hard?

Yoga- I'm sure she would have come if I asked but why would I do that to her?

Carla- Yea Mark! Take that!(the Beales. He hasn't even seen the documentary although Carla does do a great little Edie.)

5/24/2007 08:05:00 AM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

Congrats Taylor!!! And you big sissy!!!! You sound like my mom at my high school grad. Just because I ran past her open arms in the parking lot to my girlfriend and twirled her, I got the dirty look! So I think I'm gonna hide now. ;)

5/24/2007 01:27:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Too bad Donnie. I know where to find you...

5/24/2007 02:07:00 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Mary, you are hilarious! I too would internally complain and be distracted by 'derriere woes'! lol
Congrats with Taylor, you guys are certainly a class apart, be proud of it!!

5/24/2007 04:36:00 PM  
Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

Mark, don't go away mad...

5/24/2007 10:24:00 PM  
Blogger dawn said...

Have a great weekend Mary. MAybe I should say rest because I have a feeling your mosiac crazy right now.(am I right)

5/25/2007 10:27:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Ingrid- It really is all about how comfortable is my ass at any given moment.

Yoga- I guess you noticed how Mark likes to harass us. It's all good.

Dawn- You are so perceptive. I am so behind what w/all the vacationing and celebrating. Enjoy your long weekend.

5/25/2007 12:54:00 PM  
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Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

damn mary, you made me cry with this post too...oh yeah, it's the allergies...

i think college graduations have to be the most boring, officious ceremonies ever invented. i thought my family was going to choke ME after sitting through both of mine...

5/26/2007 10:02:00 AM  
Blogger Dusty said...

LMAO.I don't know if it is rude to laugh..but I found such humor in this. :)

5/28/2007 03:32:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

We aim to please Dusty! Thanks.

5/28/2007 04:39:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Bluegrrrl- The staff had to attend this also. I have heard they were as po'd as me that the guy was going on and on. Afterwards Johnny made a deal w/Lisa that she didn't have to come to any of his graduations if he didn't have to go to hers. HA!

5/28/2007 04:41:00 PM  

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