WOW, what a school year this has been — thankfully, as of yesterday, the school year is over and I have a rising 8th grader on my hands! Usually I have a hard time transitioning from school days to summer days because I thrive on sticking to a rigid schedule (yes, you can set a watch by what we do daily during the week) but I have to admit that I am looking forward to the summertime and not having to rummage through book bags, sign permission slips, sit up late at night helping with projects..etc! I don’t know who was happier to see the school year come to close… me or the boy teen.
As you know — the end of the school year brings on last minute projects for the kids, field trips, field days, assemblies, programs…etc so I was gearing up for 2 weeks of running back and forth to the school. Last Tuesday (June 5th) the school held their Volunteer Appreciation luncheon. It was a nice event and I was asked to speak to the other volunteers about ways to stay and get more involved. Surprisingly I was awarded with a certificate and a beautiful bouquet of flowers as a show of appreciation for my volunteerism. I have always loved volunteering at my children’s’ schools and while I never expect anything in return, it is so nice to truly feel appreciated.
Next up on the agenda was attending the 7th Grade Awards Ceremony. Now, this is where the true essence of my boy teen shines (eye roll). I position myself front and center in the 2nd row of the cramped auditorium awaiting the awards ceremony to begin. This is our 1st year at this Middle School so I really wasn’t sure how the ceremony would unfold but I did know that I was armed with my phone to take pictures, comfy shoes so that I could stand and clap for ALL of the award winners and a fresh voice so that I could cheer as loud as I could should the boy teen land an award. Well, right before the ceremony was to begin, his homeroom class walked into the auditorium and up the center aisle. I was beaming with pride at the sight of my boy — by the way — at just 13 years old he stands at 5’10 1/2 inches tall and is pushing 160lbs so he isn’t hard to miss. So, as I am beaming, I noticed he looked directly at me then averted his eyes elsewhere (quickly) and totally didn’t acknowledge me. I had to do a quick check to see if I had forgotten to get dressed or something — nope, I was fully clothed and in fact, I was looking rather sharp. Anyway — I chalked it up to him just being a teen and then as the ceremony began I received this lovely text exchange. Isaac is in yellow… lmao!
(Gasp) well, I do believe he tried to put me in my place? It was hilarious. I literally laughed out loud as I read this and then turned completely around in my seat to get eye contact with him and smiled ever so sweetly at him. He saw me looking at him and again, quickly looked away! (OK Mr. I got your number).
The awards ceremony was painfully long but I enjoyed watching the students collect their awards. I think the boy teen thought he was in the clear because 1 hr. into the ceremony — his name wasn’t called. Well, when they came around to awarding the Citizenship awards they called his name 1st to come up on stage and receive his award. Now, I know I was
told asked to stay in my seat and not scream but something came over me and the next think I knew — I was up out of my seat, clapping and cheering for the teen boy — ooops! After he got upm walked onto the stage and got his award, he proceeded to walk ALL the way around the auditorium in the opposite direction as to NOT have to walk past my aisle — the nerve! As soon as he got to his seat, guess what happened? They called his name AGAIN to receive another award for his performance during the State Testing week. Well again some unknown force pulled me out of my seat and had me cheering and clapping! He ended up receiving two $25 Visa gift cards for his hard work!
The way I see it… After all of the hard work I put into assisting him to have a successful year and after all of the last minute “Mom, can you sign this” and “Oh, I forgot to tell you I need $20 today for that”… I think I’ve earned the right to embarrass the mess out of him and to be super-proud of his accomplishments!