Thursday, May 1, 2008

Soooooooo very close!

Seems like only yesterday....I was taking this kid to his first day of Kindergarten. (He swears he also thinks better with his bat...)

Right now, as I type this, he's taking his last final exam. Hopefully, ever! Only he's really got the 'mother of all exams' coming up...called 'The Bar.' This picture was taken last night. After I.FINALLY.GOT.HERE.

For all of you parents, soon to be parents, have been parents, never will be parents, know someone who is a parent, have parents, have to live with parents...Stop what you're doing RIGHT NOW...and go get your cell phone, and program in the 1-800 phone number to your own state's DMV office. RIGHT.NOW.

Trust me, You might need it when you really don't have time to HAVE to need it. Take me for example. I'm full of learn from my mistakes kinda stories. The last time I can totally prove that I had my driver's license? Going through the security check at LAX. The next time I can totally prove that I don't have it? Trying to rent the car at IND airport to drive down for Graduation last night.

Perfect timing. HUH? What do you do when you have over an hour's drive, your son is supposed to be studying for his exam, finish his final papers and you can't find the blasted driver's license? You text message your daughters who are still at work in California to give you the phone number to the DMV office, call them 10 minutes before they're closed, oh, which also happens to be 50 minutes after their typist goes home, so they can tell you that TOMORROW they'll fax a copy of your driver's license to the state you're in so you can rent the car you're supposed to pick up 2 hours ago. Because you just spent the better part of 3 hours dumping out your suitcases, your purse, your knitting bags, and your computer bag panicking when you remember the last time you had the license was to get ON the plane.

Go ahead. I'll wait. It's THAT important.

Now, I'll also send my hugs and love to the very sweet DMV manager in Sacramento who took pity on my tearful Mommy phone call saying...I'm at the airport car parking lot, standing outside, I can't wait outside over night to get the information faxed here. I have to drive down to my son's apartment tonight for his Graduation! Now what am I supposed to do? Bless her heart and all she did to override the system and get me in a car to his apartment! Only to find him sitting here, at the desk....playing online checkers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ULG.

Didn't your sister JUST tell me that you needed someone in the apartment tonight to make sure you were working? He says...yea, I'm just playing a game of checkers and I'm about to win. Get to work son! I will, I will. Are you ready for your test? Uh, no. I'm working on my paper. How far are you? Well, I just started.

Hence, you'll understand why at the grocery store I saw this card...and was ohhhhhhhhhhh so tempted to get it for him....

Yea....I about died, right there in the middle of the aisle cracking up at midnight. They must have thought I'd really lost my bonkers. After all I'd been through the past 6 1/2 hours, it really hit the funny bone last night.

When I got back, after cooking him some pork chops, I stayed up until 4:30am typing for him. (Hey, it's a Mom thing, my Mom used to stay up typing for me....and it's been awhile since I've helped type out 'homework' for the kids!)

I think I'm going to go back to sleep while I can. After all....Hobby Lobby is down the way and it's BEGGING me to go! But so is my Dad's vest. I thought since Mom and Dad can't be here in person with us, (don't think about that too much, or the water works will start all over again!) it would be fun to mail it from here. So, I guess I really need to get it finished? Might be a good idea. [Insert the BEST NEWS of the WEEK? Dad told Mom , "I"M HUNGRY!" and he's starting to put weight back on!] Soon as I get a hold of the daughter to add to my 'I swear, if my head wasn't attached to my neck this week, I'd have forgotten this, too' list to add another 3 more things I forgot to pack. I hope she's got presence of mind to bring tissues. It hit me packing to leave for this trip, the kid isn't coming back to California. He's going onto Boston later this summer.

I did take his card 'hostage' from my parents that just arrived here until he's finished handing in everything and crossed his 'I's and dotted his T's'...should have seen his eyes get really big when I snatched it out of his hands. Are you serious Mom? Yep..get to work! (hey, it's the last time I can pull a 'homework' punishment on him!)

If it weren't for all the yarn in my house, I think it would really echo quite loudly. The daughter is moving this summer to Syracuse, too. Heaven help me. I'm not ready to grow up that much, yet.

But, I guess it could be worse.....

At least I wasn't bit again by fire ants this week...that was last week...and I'm telling you..they suck!

And I still haven't found my glasses, yet. Wonder if they're out playing with my driver's license this week?


lovealegna said...

Your blog really does leave me cracking up. Congrats to your family, thank God you made it in time to help your son with his homework. Want to come help me write my thesis? Cuz that's what I should be doing instead of reading your blog! Lol.

Anonymous said...

Hi Cathy
I really enjoy your blog --it is the first one I turn to every day.
I also went thru a lot of what you are going through when my son was in law school. But, you know what--in a matter of 2 weeks, he took and passed (1st time) the BAR exams for Missouri, Illinois and Massachusetts.
Aren't our children wonderful? We worry constntly and yet, in the end everything turns out good.

She Knits Flying Monkeys said...

Bless you mightily.