It’s official. The diploma is in hand, and the tassel has been turned.
I settled in and awaited the long a$$ ceremony I’ve come to expect. I was pleasantly surprised, however, when the Bishop stopped his speech after only 20 minutes! Oh, it was still unmotivating and depressing, but it was 15 minutes shorter than Link’s and Chip’s!
When awards time came, I held my breath as they announced the students who’ve earned the perfect attendance award. Not only has Amp had perfect attendance this year, he has had perfect attendance for the four years he was in high school AND the eight years he was in grade school. That is thirteen years of never missing a day of school! Impressive for someone who was a square peg in a round hole. Hubby and I brought it to the administration’s attention before the big day, but I wasn’t sure they would say anything. When it was announced, the crowd mumbled for a while and then cheered and clapped. I’m sure it was embarrassing for him, but it was well earned, and I am incredibly proud. Deep down, he is too.
Now the long summer awaits. Mario hopes to work at the same ice cream shop the boys have all worked. Amp hopes to quit working there and find a job a little less fast paced. Chip’s rackin’ up the hours and the money, to help cover the cost of the tech school he and Amp will be attending this fall. Hopes are high for a productive summer. I’m not holding my breath.
I, on the other hand, expect a very busy summer. I’m still lovin’ my job, thank goodness, ’cause the days are long. But I’m finding I’m able to take full advantage of my days off. I love knowing I’ve earned the chance to relax and have fun. Since Hubby works from home, he’ll often take the afternoon off, and we’ll either go to lunch, or to a nearby tavern to practice our billiard skills. I used to play long ago, and it’s been great fun to pick it up again. We have a teacher friend that likes to play too. So throughout the week, you’ll find us at the bar, downing Dr. Peppers, and shootin’ away.
We have a few other plans for the summer, and then I’ll have to prep myself for the loss of the rest of my boys. They’ll be attending a college in Missouri this fall. *Sigh* I can’t think about that right now.
Right now, I’ll think about the Cardinal game coming up on Wednesday, and the Florida trip coming up next week! Good times ahead!