Thursday, June 19, 2008

We shall now commence commencing

I survived the end of middle school yesterday.

It was close. But I survived. And I have a happy high school freshman today.

I also have something else.

At 5 p.m. TODAY, I will have a high school graduate.

J-bear will walk the commencement walk today at the school where Roo-girl will commence to walk next week.

A passing of the baton of sorts, I suppose. In the meantime, though, let us pause to reflect on J-bear's accomplishments.

I waxed eloquent about her here and here.

But I don't really know if I can explain the amazing thing she is doing when she switches that tassel from one side to the other and picks up a diploma proclaiming her accomplishment.

It's huge, people. HUGE.

Where my freaky-brilliant boys underachieved, and my hard-working Roo achieved, J-bear worked crazy hard and failed. Or almost failed.

Failure was something her father and I refused to allow to happen.

Countless were the hours I spent going over her written work or quizzing her or fighting the system to get her some additional help.

Joyous were moments when the letter arrived two years ago, saying she had passed the high school exit exam on the first try and would indeed graduate with a diploma.

Amazing was the realization that she was finishing her senior year and, therefore, her high school career with A's and B's, instead of C's and D's.

Thrilling will be the moment when they hand her that hard-won diploma.

And LOUD will be the cheering from the Chez Planet area of the bleachers.

Atta girl, J-bear. Go get 'em.


Rachael said...

Wow, you just have a lot of huge, amazing stuff going on right now! Congratulations on keeping it together, and congratulations to J-Bear on a wonderful acheivement.

Crazed Mom said...

WOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. I love a success story. My sin had the brains just not the will. I'm very excited with you.

BY the way, can I send you my 17yo fed-ex overnight delevery? He's getting on my last nerve.


HRH said...

YEEEEEAH! Congratualtions. I am sending you tissues, you haven't had a sob-free day this week!

nikki said...

Oh heck, I need a tissue.


Congratulations, JBear...a well deserved achievement....awesome!

Janet said...

Bravo!!!! It's always so wonderful when the kids who really really work hard can see it pay off.
I'm just stunned that those graduations didn't happen on the same day. That's what would happen around here.

Catwoman said...

Talk about the rollercoaster ride of emotions this week must be for you!

The Laundress said...

I'm so proud of both of you.

Way to go.

Sarah said...

Hooray!!! You can see the pride in your words!! Wonderful!!!

Kaytabug said...

Congrats!!! Way to go J-Bear!!!
Way to go you for helping her achieve it!!

Nicki said...

I hope she feels great about this accomplishment! It means even more, knowing how hard she had to work for it!

karisma said...

Congratulations to you! Well done!

Janet said...

Awesome. Congratulations to you all.

Queen of Shake-Shake said...

Congratulations! I know that is such a great feeling.

AnGlOpHiLe FoOtBaLl FaNaTiC said...

She totally looks like her daddy. And, how wonderful to see your hard work pay off. Congrats to J-bear!

wright said...

Way to go J-bear! Hard work pays off!

Joy T. said...

Yeaaaaa and congratulations to J-Bear!!

For some unknown explanation I can NOT get my google reader to put your blog in my feed. It keeps telling me you are unknown. And trust me, I have yelled at my screen saying "liar liar pants on fire!" because you are indeed real. But you aren't in my feed...pout...which means this very small brain of mine doesn't see any posts from you come through her feed and thinks you are taking a break. Then it dawns on me to come over and see and here you've been writing up a storm. *sigh* Such dilemmas in life!!

Immoral Matriarch said...

Woot Woot! Congrats!!

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Pamela said...

You and your husband deserve to feel proud. Gosh, I feel proud too - of all three of ya!

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