May 17, 2013


It's been a crazy week here. My niece left on Wednesday with my sister in tow. My Mom is here and we're having a great time.

My eldest son's graduation was on Monday night. During his rehearsal on Monday, at 1:00, the following text messages took place:

Ringo: I assume you're gunna make me a giant banner

Me: What?

Ringo: You're gunna make a banner to bring with you right, ma!

Me: WTF?

Ringo: Fine.

Ringo: Be just like everyone else.

Me: Is everyone making a banner?

Ringo: I don't think so. Gotta be different ma!

Me: You may regret this...

Ringo: I doubt it.

Me: You don't know what I'm putting on it!

Ringo: You gotta get the banner paper and all that.

Me: Nope.

Ringo: No? How are you gunna make a big banner then?

Me: Stop it. Just brace yourself. It won't be big.

Ringo: hehehehehe

And so it was then 1:30, graduation was at 7, but I had to be there at 5:45 for something, which meant I had 4 hours and 15 minutes to create a banner, get it made at Staples (they were running a $20 special), Staples had to make it, I had to pick it up, and be at graduation.

No stress.

The reason I said he didn't know what I was going to put on it is because I intended to put his nickname... for everyone to see.

This is Monday night with his brothers.

Ringo Graduation2.jpg

The boys said later, "Mom, how did you pick THAT picture?" to which I replied, "Look, I had 30 minutes to get it made. I had to have it to Staples by 2:00. I picked the photo I found on the desktop. I needed one, there was one, that's what got used."

It was a great graduation. Son#4 was Valedictorian and gave the absolute best speech I have ever heard. It was personal to the student body, stories from their being together and about teachers, and we laughed throughout. No sage advice from an 18 year old, just good memories that made us all laugh hysterically, and made everyone feel good about themselves. (Sidenotes: For those new here, Son#4 is a young man who's Mom is one of my best friends. We were pregnant together.)

It was a good night.

Posted by Boudicca at May 17, 2013 08:51 PM

congratulations Ringo!
When he comes up here in the fall, make sure he knows he can call me when he needs a home cooked meal or a break from school :)

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at May 17, 2013 09:35 PM

I will tell him! We also have family in the area, so he knows there is a go-to family there too. I suspect... nobody will ever hear from him. We'll get a call when he needs money...

Posted by: Bou at May 17, 2013 10:45 PM

It's just not possible that he's a graduate. Congrats to Ringo and congrats to his parents!

Posted by: Leigh at May 17, 2013 11:28 PM

Congratulations!!! What a fine looking bunch of boys! :D

Posted by: PeggyU at May 18, 2013 03:04 AM

Wow. Just Wow. He is a great man. And my boys will miss him as well.

Posted by: vwbug at May 18, 2013 01:25 PM

The banner photo kinda makes him look like Marlon Brando....when Brando was actually good looking.

And I see that Mr. Fashionista is rockin' the color orange with a retro tie. I tell you...this kid will have a career in fashion!

Cheers to much success for all three of them!

Posted by: DogsDontPurr at May 18, 2013 08:21 PM