Yay, Mom

So, last week, I took Younger to lunch. And as we pulled out of the restaurant’s parking lot, he announced, “Hey, Mom, I think that van said S.H.I.E.L.D. I think we should follow it.”

“If the occupants of that van are really from S.H.I.E.L.D., they will know we’re following them.”

His head spun towards me. “You know who S.H.I.E.L.D. is, Mom?”

“Uhmmm, isn’t that who IronMan and all those super guys work for?”

“Yay, Mom,” he cheered. “Well, who they used to work for. But still — Yay, Mom.”

Yeah, apparently, that is what impresses my son. That I have paid enough attention to the hundreds of conversations over the various superhero movies flooding the theaters.

Because I haven’t ever actually seen one.

And that is why I say .  . .

Yay, Mom.

 

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Today

Today.

Younger has been awaiting this day since kindergarten.

He perches on the edge of independence, testing his wings, checking the nest and its safety still remain behind him, gazing at the expanse and its possibilities spread before him.

While I resist the urge to stuff him deep into the recesses of the nest where he has no chance to fail but, therefore, no chance to succeed, either.

Life changes today. Yet stays the same.

Like every yesterday.

And every tomorrow.

Today.

 

 

Stop the Ride

Younger graduates next Thursday.

We finally received his graduation announcements Tuesday. So, I guess we have to decide if we will hand those out the day of the actual ceremony or save them for the party.

Missouri S & T expects Younger to prove he’s actually received his immunizations. But I can’t remember the name of the medical group we visited during his first year and apparently, only some physicians submit immunization records to the state database.

We received an email that Younger had to complete more forms and watch more videos for his summer job or his funding might be DELAYED. We have until tomorrow at noon. They sent the email yesterday. And he has finals this week.

I am grading essays from four college composition classes while preparing Blackboard for my summer classes. And I’m working a couple days a week at the local army installation.

Meanwhile, rain is in the forecast next Thursday. And, if it rains that Thursday night, we’ll get six tickets to somehow distribute between grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and friends. And three of the six tickets are for us — me, my husband, and Elder. I’m not good at math, but this does not appear to be adding up.

And I am realizing that I really can’t dig my heels into the ground and stop the world from spinning, so that next Thursday never comes.

Someone should have installed a set of brakes on this ride we call life.

Honestly

Younger was sick and missed school on Monday. So, on Tuesday, as we drove to school, I told him, “Since you only have two weeks left, you should probably not miss any more days.”

“Wait. What?” His head turned towards me. “When is my last day?”

“Next Friday,” I responded, drily. “Less than two weeks.”

As odd as it sounds, considering he has always been in a hurry to finish each school year, he has never counted down the last few days. He always liked “to be surprised.”

“Oh.” He considered my information for a moment. “Then I should be studying for my statistics final.”

“Younger,” I chided, exasperated. “I have been telling you that you only have a few weeks left. Why is this a surprise?”

“I was ignoring you.”

Well.

At least he’s honest.

Maybe not the genius he claims to be.

But honest.

This Is the Life

This summer, Younger will work a forty-hour-a-week job. So far he has asked:

“Do I have to talk to people?”

“Can I wear shorts?”

“But it’ll be hot, why would I want to wear jeans?” (He’ll be in an air-conditioned office.)

“I have to be there at what time? And for how long?”

This is the life he has been awaiting since kindergarten.

“College,” he corrects me when I remind him of that fact. “I’ve been waiting for college.”

Well.

Now, I have a few questions . . .

Read My Face

As Younger’s graduation grows ever nearer, I grow ever more nostalgic. And I miss my little boy and I miss even those trying moments of raising a four year old who was smarter than he should have been . . .

The other day, Younger had pushed every button I had to push, jumped on every nerve I had on which for him to jump.  So, I started threatening him with his life.  Actually, it was probably the loss of Nintendo.  I can’t actually remember my exact words.  But I remember I threatened him and expected immediate obedience.  I guess I actually hoped for immediate obedience.  But instead . . .

“Say that again,” Younger, who had been standing behind me during my tirade, demanded.

Jaw locking, I glared down at him as he rounded me, his little head tilted backward so that he looked up at me.  “Why?”

“Because I need to see which face you used.”

Apparently, the my-brain-is-going-to-explode-any-second-and-wrath-will-rain-upon-your -head expression meant something to him and he scampered to his room.

I think, for the next eighteen years or so, the most recognizable arrangement of my features will express one desperate plea.

Help.

The Little People

I ordered Younger’s graduation announcements on February 12, the very first day the website offered them. And I still have not received them.

So, I contacted the local representative. After several emails, he could only tell me the announcements had been shipped.

So, I contacted the organization. And the lady assured me that the latest they would be shipped was May 13.

I took a breath and very calmly replied, “He graduates May 17. Please tell me you won’t wait until the 13th to ship the announcements.”

Uhhhh, well, we should probably expect them in two to three weeks.

I don’t yell at the little people. I’ve been the little people. Often, I still am the little people.

But one of these days I’m likely to strangle me a big people.

If I can ever find one.