Friday, June 13, 2008

We Pause to Bring You This Moment We Like to Call Mighty Proud

*In keeping with the inconsistent theme currently in practice, today's regularly scheduled advice column will be posted tomorrow, Saturday. We thank you for your forced patience.*

This I have learned: There are two scores in the history of music that will cause one to cry on cue; The first is "The Wedding March" and the other is "Pomp and Circumstance".

Guess who has a junior high schooler living in her house?



I know I keep mentioning Boy-Child#1's sixth grade graduation in posts here and there but I'm so effing proud it's kind of a big deal around our house. And kind of the major thing going on right now. There were 133 graduating students. Each gave a 15 second speech when their name was called. All thanked their parents, some included teachers and friends, and 8 out of 10 thanked God. Except for that one girl who raised the bar and out of left field, thanked Jesus. We were all, "way to change it up, Homeslice"! We all noted how it was as if they'd all just won the super bowl what with all of the God thanking; well, we didn't note it out loud but we were all thinking it.


Afterwards we went out to breakfast. You know who else did? EVERYBODY! -another thing I learned; when people graduate people are hungry and people don't cook wearing their fancy come to meetin' clothes- We were not the only local school partaking in the graduation hoopla yesterday. There are only a handful of restaurants in our area that serve breakfast, so space was hard to come by. There were nine in our group waiting to be seated. You know who was seated before us? EVERYBODY! I wish I were kidding. The throng of people waiting for their tables was cleared out until we stood alone. In fact, some of those same people ate and left while we still sat. [Note to self: next time put your order for eggs benedict in when you give your party's name to the hostess at 10:30am since they stop serving eggs benedict at noon] Apparently there is only ONE table in that entire restaurant that can accommodate a party of nine. [Note to self: cross this restaurant off your list because in addition to their poor coordination skills they got rid of that salad that you really liked so screw 'em]


But back to the ceremony: I washed and blew out my hair the previous evening so that yesterday morning all I had to do was run a flat iron through it. Then we went outside where my hair shook hands with the morning fog and I didn't bother with more than two seconds of thought about how much of a waste of time all of that was. I was grateful for the fog because it kept the temps on the cooler side. Since we were sitting in the sun. I was fine though, dressed in a white linen wrap dress and sweat free. I can't say the same for some people who wore jeans and layered shirts [I'm looking at you my two sisters]. Quick aside: I went shopping intending to buy the skirt and top voted on here but they no longer had that skirt with that pattern and all the others they had were, um, ugly. Then I fell into the GAP and spied the white linen wrap dress on the clearance rack in my size and I was all, "helloooo Lovaaahhhh". You understand.
It was a lovely ceremony and noticeably obvious that the staff, teachers, and students rehearsed their asses off. The one and only glitch during the entire event was when one of the microphones cut out for about 30 seconds. No child flubbed their speech. No one tripped. Even the parents remembered ALL of the Pledge of Allegiance.



Look beyond the male pattern baldness and grab a tissue or three...


Special thanks to my sis for getting the video uploaded so promptly when I was all, "can I get this, you know, fast?" and for the pic of Boy-Child#1 and I all unedited and whatnot which I think caused you to experience a seizure. You rock, Dorth. For serious.

34 comments:

Threeundertwo said...

Dang, pass the kleenex. Because of your previous post about it, that's my new favorite song.

Congratulations! And yes to Wedding March and Pomp and Circumstance. I got teary at the twins darn preschool graduation when they played that.

Sue said...

Teary here! Way to go, BC1 (and, btw, he is your male mini-me!). They did great and you look fabulous, even unedited!

What is up with the music direction? Do those hand motions really mean anything? Sometimes one hand is going up, sometimes two... I've always wondered?

Thanks for sharing!

Lisa Milton said...

Congratulations! You both look so mighty nice. Hope your summer is off to a great start.

scargosun said...

Yea! Excellent attire on you both. I might have to go to the Gap today. Hmmm.

Marmarbug said...

LOVE the dress! You look bee-you-tii-ful!And did you cry when they sang? I would have!!!!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Awwww!

I hate to break this to you, but know starts the hard part!

Madge said...

congratulations. sorry about eggs.

Mr. Farklepants said...

Wow, Dorth takes pics for TF's blog... gets credited..

Dorth takes video of graduations.. credited..

the Mr takes photographs of graduation... photos that can only be achieved using that 300mm Zoom lens that resulted in soooo much eye rolling at time of purchase (note location of kids in the video and then look at resulting photographs taken from the same location)..

(not to mention badass Photoshop Skills to pull faces out of the shadows)

Does he any credit??? hmmm??

Of course not. It's all because I forgot my dad's birthday isn't it?

Perksofbeingme said...

Congrats Boy Child 1. The pictures are great, and watch out. You're going to have a heart breaker on your hands.

Undomestic Diva said...

OMG he looks just like you! (In case you weren't sure.) I started to watch the video but then I got all weepy and had to toughin' up, clear my throat and tell myself, WHATEVER.

dorothy said...

Anytime, sis! :)

Tootsie Farklepants said...

Mr. F~ Awww... thank you Shmoopy! Who's a sweet husband? You are! Coochie coochie cooo.

smalltownmom said...

Congratulations to Boy Child #1.

I voted for the wrap dress! Yay! It's perfect.

Ann said...

Congrats to the GRAD! So adorable.

And you look hotsie in the wrap dress, great choice.

Lulu said...

See? I told you that a wrap dress is most awesome. And your son? A clone of you. Just adorable!

The video is great, but seriously? Did they really need a maestro flailing around in front of them?

Mr. Farklepants said...

TF: Oh you went right for shmoopy! OK you win.

MommyTime said...

Congratulations BoyChild1! You did your mama proud.

The dress is perfect, by the way.

Jennifer H said...

That song got me again.

Beautiful pictures. Congratulations to your boy!

You do look hottie hot hot in that dress. And your hair, I must say, stood up very well to the fog. I'm going to need product recommendations.

JoeinVegas said...

Be careful. Next thing you know you'll be living with a high-schooler, then a college student, then just with hubs. Oh my.

He looked marvelous.

Nicole said...

Ok, that dress is way cuter in white and on you than it was in that gray color on that model with the godawful shoes. You definitely de-frump that wrap dress.

Congrats to K! Great pics, Mr. Farklepants. And great videos Dorothy!

OHmommy said...

Awesome dress. Love the necklace.

I want to know.... is that actually Mr.F or you signing on as him to create adorable conversation to make us love you even more? Just want to know?

Oh. And CONGRATS!

JCK said...

Big congrats to you and your boy! Hope you had a box of kleenex in your purse.

And I'm SO glad you took my advice on the wrap dress. You looked sensational.

anglophilefootballfanatic.com said...

Wait. 6th grade graduation? Here 6th grade is in middle school. Hmm. I guess each state does it differently. Are you okay with having a middle schooler?

Good & Crazy said...

Well i'm glad you found SOMEthing to wear is all.

Oh and re-doing my blogroll over at my place (and a contest) and holy cow crap, that is one serious blogroll you have here. (I'm now noticing EVERYONE's).

myra said...

congratulations all around! lovin' the dress selection too. ;)

barbra said...

You both look wonderful! Love the dress, love the necklace, love his shirt. I am so glad you had such a wonderful day! (They were terrific on that song!)

Your Pal Pinki said...

Your baby is growing up. : )
Glad you had a great day!

Mr. Farklepants said...

ohmommy: Truth be told I actually write the blog entries as Tootsie, and she writes the comments as "Mr."

If you really contemplate this post your head should explode.

As a matter of fact this post could defeat an infallible robot in a cheesy Sci Fi movie.

Grandma J said...

Congratulations to the new middle school man child. We also live in a town with just a few restaurants that serve breakfast. I'm not looking forward to Sunday. It's a fact that the bigger the party the longer you wait for a table. People will come and go before you get seated. The group sitting in the only large booth/table? Yeah, they are making a career out of it because it's easier to sit there instead of someones livingroom. Of course some restaurants never heard of pushing two tables together. Amen...

Oh and thank you for the Neutrogena Grapefruit-Nectarine scented tanner "heads up".

Colleen said...

wow...no denying that Boy-child#1 is yours! :) Such a handsome guy smiling with his pretty mama. Enjoy it cuz in 8th grade he may be sullen...or maybe that was just my rotten brothers. :)

Saucy said...

Boychild did Tootsie proud. We've got high school graduation coming up on the 25th so relish these moments my friend. You will be at that milestone all too soon.

PS. My boy-child Buddy made his speech at eighth grade graduation and it went something like this:

"I am a thirteen-something sweetheart who enjoys long walks on the beach at sunset." No thanks to God, just eHarmony or something like that.

Jenny said...

Uh-oh. I foresee many giggly hang-up phone calls in YOUR future. BC#1 is a cutie.

Which is the opposite of surprising since you yourself are such a doll.

Cheri said...

Graduation . . . yadda yadda . . . right of passage . . . uh huh . . . happiness . . .blah blah blah . . . proud moments . . . okay . . . smiles and tears of joy . . . okay too . . . speeches perfectly spoken . . . captured on video . . . BUT A WHITE LINEN GAP DRESS IN YOUR SIZE AND ON SALE? . . . WHY DIDN'T YOU SAY SO IN THE FIRST PLACE?

dkuroiwa said...

Beautiful day...handsome son...Congratulations!!!...High five on the dress!! Great song...what a memorable day.

But...really..."shmoopy"???