Another Door Closes

22 May

I ran with the slugs this morning.  I’m pretty sure I beat most of them.

I passed a few worms and some bull frogs too.  And all the while, birds sang joyously from the treetops and telephone wires.

Seems like everyone was out enjoying the beautiful morning brought to us by some overnight storms.  Unfortunately, our spring storm was the remnant of some devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma.  Hard to believe how a storm can bring such beauty to some places, yet such destruction to others.  My heart goes out to all the families who lost their homes and their loved ones in those areas. So sad.

On a brighter note, Mario graduated from 8th grade last Friday night, and we couldn’t be prouder.  She had aspired to be Valedictorian or Salutatorian, but a few B’s knocked her out of the running.  Her gold ropes proved she gave it her all though!

The Graduate

She was also striving for the perfect attendance award, however Grandma had other plans for her.  The Superintendent was kind enough to mention how she had made it all the way up til the last week of school without missing a day.  She had even intended to go to school til 1:30 PM the day of the funeral, and then head over to the church next door.  But 2:00 PM was the cutoff time for her attendance to count, so unfortunately she was not eligible for the award.  He told the story so lovingly. that by the time he’d finished, we were all in tears.

She received quite a few other awards that night.  And of course the biggie – her diploma.

Receiving her diploma

Afterwards, we tried to get a few candid shots of her with friends and family, but her 14 year old attitude clouded our efforts.

Her "No" face

For some reason, she doesn’t think she’s pretty enough to photograph, and kept telling her dad “Noooo….”

But when she wasn’t looking, he got some beautiful shots.

My beautiful girl


And when she turned her head on him, he photographed her hair. (He was the one who had to take her to get it done since I was still at work.  I won’t discuss how that conversation went over…)

The Hair

And of course we had to get one with her sister….

Sisters  ;)

Surely we can pass….  right?   (Be nice.  I’ve had a rough week at work.)

And finally, the last obligatory pose was with her proud papa

Proud Papa


Many of her friends shed tears at the end of the ceremony.  Half the class will go to the public high school, and the others will go to the Catholic high school, so they’ll be splitting up.   Mario is not sad about this at all.  She’s ready to part from her class of 15 that she’s been with for 9 years and spread her wings.

Another door closed, and we’re all excited for the next one to open.


Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Family, Parenting


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12 responses to “Another Door Closes

  1. Rock Chef

    May 22, 2013 at 10:31 am

    My daughter is very camera shy – most recent pics I have of her are of her hand, but I still get some sneaky ones…

    Congrats to Mario – shame there is no leeway with the attendance thing – seems mean to me!

    • shadowrun300

      May 22, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      I’m quite camera shy too. In fact, quite a few of the pics from this night are of MY hand. So I know where she’s coming from.
      We were disappointed about the perfect attendance, but it was nice of him to mention she almost got it. Amp, who is a sophomore in high school has NEVER missed a day in his whole school career. EVER. So when I called the school about his absence, the Superintendent let me know it would officially be a day of absence, but it would not go against his perfect attendance award. He still went to school for half the day though. He just could not NOT go to school.

  2. Abby

    May 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Way to represent!
    To be honest, I’m not a fan of the 8th grade “continuations” our schools do out here. They’re super pompous, you’d think the kids were getting their doctorates. But I like that there is a special sendoff to high school, and these ceremonies can be really nice at smaller schools. Sounds like the case for Mario. Cutoff at 2pm?! Cut her some slack, I say!
    Beautiful photos!

    • shadowrun300

      May 22, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      This wasn’t hugely pompous, and only lasted an hour. Hooray! And it was a nice send off for them. This class has been together since Kindergarten so it’s a pretty big deal to move on out. The Valedictorian and Salutatorian were just based on their 8th grade year, which I find kinda ridiculous… along with the 2 pm cutoff. A 1/2 hour slack would have been nice. Whatever. We’re happy she’s heading to high school. It was a good school, but we’re tired of the small town politics there.

  3. meleah rebeccah

    May 23, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    “Hard to believe how a storm can bring such beauty to some places, yet such destruction to others” – Indeed. And I can’t even imagine what the people in Oklahoma are dealing with.

    Awwwwwww! Congrats to Mario!

    PS: I love her undo! What a beauty!

    • shadowrun300

      May 24, 2013 at 10:31 am

      I was so happy with how her hair turned out. She had it all picked out, and it took about an hour to do. Hubby ran errands while she was there, so at least he didn’t have to sit and watch.

  4. territerri

    May 24, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Congratulations to Mario! (And tell her she’s a BEAUTIFUL girl! Stop hiding from the camera.) Her sister must be … what… a year or so older than her? 😉

    My kids attended a Catholic grade school and had a similar 8th grade/graduation/moving on to different high schools kind of experience. It was good for them to get out of their little pond and into a bigger one. Mario will love high school, I bet.

    • shadowrun300

      May 24, 2013 at 10:38 am

      I tell her she’s beautiful all the time. But much like me, she focuses on her flaws.
      I think she’s going to thrive in high school. She loves fine arts, especially participating in plays and musicals, and she’ll be with more people who enjoy that. Right now, she’s with people who are sports oriented, so she’s felt a little like an outcast.
      And yeah…. her sister’s just a wee bit older….

  5. The Thin Lady Inside

    May 24, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Congratulations! She is so beautiful! You must be very proud! 🙂 You look great as well! and the picture of “daddy and daughter” is priceless! 😀

    • shadowrun300

      May 25, 2013 at 10:40 am

      I am proud of her! She did so well through grade school – and all of it was her own doing. I wish she could have rubbed off on the boys…
      And I love that she has a good relationship with her daddy. That’s so important for young girls!

  6. agg79

    May 29, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Congratulations. A time to shine. Sad to see that chapter of her life come to an end, but exciting to see what lies ahead. So young, so much potential, so many opportunities. Given the size of her class and how long they’ve been together, it will be hard letting that go, but she will have many great memories to build upon.

    • shadowrun300

      May 30, 2013 at 6:19 am

      Towards the end of her grade school years, she became quite detached from her class. THEY are very much into sports. SHE is very much into the arts. There were only one or two kids who shared the same interests. So yeah, she’s very ready to move on and surround herself with more drama – aye aye aye.


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