Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Pomp and Circumstance

Fourteen years ago, my daughter graduated. From pre-school. I remember that night I was thinking about how big she was getting. Shows what I knew. A lot of stuff happens in fourteen years. She went to kindergarten and then elementary school. She learned cursive and went on field trips. She was moved from one state to another and then another and she felt like she didn't fit in. She went to junior high and made tons of new friends, got braces, got her first boyfriend followed by her first broken heart, learned how to drive, went to school dances, had lots of noisy sleepovers. She spent her junior year 700 miles away from home, living in an apartment with her brother. She did her own cleaning, cooking and grocery shopping while maintaining a budget, two part-time jobs, and a 4.0 GPA. A week from tonight, she will don another blue cap (one not made from construction paper) and graduate again. I only hope I can keep from bawling like an idiot because I am so proud of her. Actually, I am in awe of her, particularly when I remember how dumb I was at her age. She is so much cooler than I was.

So Jess, congratulations on an excellent job! We love you so much. There aren't words to describe you, but I think this picture speaks volumes.

Like the windshield says, that is NOT her boyfriend's bike.


Blogger Harmonica Man said...

That first picture of her is exactly how I remember her when she and Curtis used to toddle over to mom and dad's house. What a great kid. It's no wonder you're bustin your buttons!

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Bill said...

I have about half a roll of video when she is dancing with a ribbon on a stick. Think I will show that at her wedding. Congradulations Jess, you are off to a good start!

6:12 PM  
Blogger Mom Thumb said...

jeff - Who woulda thunk that little girl would grow up to be a biker chick??

bill - I remember. You save that footage. It'll be great wedding reception material!

7:23 PM  
Blogger Mom Thumb said...

jeff - BTW, I can totally see her smarting off at Sturgis.

7:29 PM  
Anonymous Lois said...

Congratulations Jess--I loved your graduation announcement. So very different and such a beautiful message.That's because you are such a beautiful person!!! Your card isn't in the mail---I keep forgetting to buy 2 cent stamps!!! Love you!! Lois

7:32 PM  
Blogger Mom Thumb said...

lois - We didn't want the traditional kind of announcement, more like "it takes a village." There have been so many people who have been a positive influence in the lives of my kids, and you and Bill are way high on that list!

I had to go buy those stupid two cent stamps Monday, ugh.

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Di said...

Well, you just made me cry! It brings back so many memories. Mandy graduated in 1999. I can't believe it has been 8 years!!!Hailee had her last day of preschool today. She starts pre-k next year!! Time sure flies. Jessica has always been a very beautiful and poised young lady. Even when I first met her at (9,10 or 11??) You should be very proud of her.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Mom Thumb said...

di - Yes, lots of memories. Curtis and his girlfriend are coming down for the graduation. Maybe I'll send him up to NAPA to bug you and ask you a million questions. ;-)

3:40 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Aw. And my daughter is just "graduating" from preschool! Waaaah!

7:49 PM  
Blogger Mom Thumb said...

heather - Sweet - takes lots of pictures!

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Lois said...

eWe are going to be going to a graduation ceremony next week---Mike's "baby" is graduating from kindergarten!! We'll be going to Btrainard for the big event!! And then we get to spend a couple of days with our kids, which is the best part.

7:43 PM  
Blogger KiddoKare1 said...

Wow, I can't believe our kids are growing up so fast. I remember so plainly the first day Serenity came home and said "Mom, I met a girl today who's home schooled and she seems really nice". I don't even want to think about how many years ago that was. LOL! Congrats Jessica!


4:38 AM  
Blogger Emma Sometimes said...

I love her spunk..."This is not my boyfriend's bike.."

Congratulations to her for getting through school. A great achievement indeed.

And you are such a proud mom, that's awesome. Really. :o)

9:52 AM  
Blogger Mom Thumb said...

lois - Have fun!

tracy - I remember Jess coming home and saying she met a really nice girl with a really pretty name!

emma - She also drives a 4 wheel drive stick shift pickup with a sign that says it's not her boyfriend's truck. Just a little attitude, ya think? (I don't know where she gets that.)

9:21 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Yeah wow where DID that 'tude come from?? Sure beats me. Thanks for the post, Mom, it always makes me feel special to have one dedicated to me ;)

And Mom, thank you... thanks for 18 years of sticking up for me, believing in me, trusting me, never judging me, never making me feel like I couldn't talk to you about something, never grounding me for something ridiculous, always telling my friends they're welcome anytime even though you knew that meant they'd be there ALL the time.. For a junior high of driving me to and from town just because that's where I wanted to go, for coming up to Minnesota just because I told you I needed you, and in advance for coming to visit me in college because I'm lonely and need my Mommy.. I love you, Mom. And I'm so glad I can make you proud.

2:56 PM  
Blogger Mom Thumb said...

jess - You're very welcome, and you do make us proud!

3:43 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Wow, I'm glad I came back and read the comments after me...

...you have a great daughter and I hope that one day MY daughter will write/say something like that to me!!

6:48 PM  
Blogger Mom Thumb said...

heather - I'm glad you came back, too. With all this stuff going on and trying to get ready for a houseful of company, I haven't had time for the blog. I'm glad people are still reading! :-)

9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I made friends with some oklahoma bloggers, and went to visit them last summer. Just thought I'd throw that out there

1:44 PM  
Blogger Mom Thumb said...

ba doozie - If you come back, look me up. I have to say summer might not be the best time of year to come, though. Although, it beats tornado season!

2:37 PM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

wow...a girl can miss a lot in a month. I have not been on here in a while due to technical difficulties but I LOVE reading your blog. You make me laugh, make me cry....I LOVE it. My how I miss you all....Jess looks more how I remember her in the first photo than in the last one. They do grow up though, eh? Hope Aunt Norma is feeling better and know that if there was ANY way I could be there Tuesday I would. I have a card laying here on the table so it'll be late but the love is the same.

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they live in tulsa area, when we got out of the airport I felt like I was in hawaii. But I like that. I don't think I'll be going back anytime soon, that set me back a ways. maybe I'll have a money raising campaign so I can go on the road with my blogger show

8:22 PM  

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