Tuesday, May 19, 2009



I know, I’ve used that little schtick before here…..but too bad. I’m using it again. Deal with it.

I tend to be a trusting person. I tend to think there is more good in this world than bad. I tend to think that if you say you are someone that you really ARE.

Now, that doesn’t mean that I don’t ‘get’ that there are bad people on the Internet. I just like to think that people are pretty genuine as a rule.

So, to hear that Ms. Darkstar would like to come to Mid Missouri and HANG OUT with me is THRILLING!! I have the same issues as she does regarding budget and travel, but let me say this: Ms. Darkstar? I’m not POSITIVE where you reside, but I have an idea…..and I have family in Des Moines, which may be about the halfway point for us………if I can, I’m going there to visit this summer……maybe we can strike up a meeting place? Just a thought.

Speaking of Iowa….I haven’t been a very good daughter/granddaughter/niece. I haven’t been there since my Paternal grandma passed in 2007. With the boys and their activities, and some unwanted minor illnesses, every time I intend on making the trip, it gets squelched. I know my family must think I’m putting them off……but I’m not. I keep thinking of how hard it is to travel, have kids, board animals, and all the expenses that go with it…..but then things like this Graduation happen. My entire family from Des Moines is coming here. Including my 91 yr old grandpa and 86 yr old grandma. I feel so guilty. If they can make such a grueling trip, I should be able to as well. I feel like I suck.

My mom has been awesome with all of the reasons why travel hasn’t worked out. She’s even made the trip HERE. So, I sorely need to do my part and go there. A lot.

I am beside myself with excitement for graduation. Someone asked me if I’ll cry at the graduation ceremony. I don’t think I will. My son deserves to graduate. Although he wasn’t a stellar student, he did alright, and was never in any jeopardy of not graduating. He deserves the pomp and circumstance that graduation offers. He DESERVES the honor. I’m so proud of him, but yet, I can’t say I feel terribly SAD. I think I’m more worried about him going to college than the actual graduation.

What I’m so excited about, however, is FAMILY. Unfortunately, some of my paternal family can’t make it, but a very large part of our families will be able to come and celebrate the day with us and Son #1. I CAN’T WAIT.

I told my grandma last night that I was worried about my house smelling like dogs……and that I wouldn’t have the motivation or time to get it cleaned (cleaned like SHE cleans), and of course she said not to even worry about it. Right. She cleans her baseboards every Monday. At 86.

I wish my boys could understand the importance of family. I mean, they do on one level, but as teens, they don’t GET it. I never knew when I was a teen how much my family would MEAN to me. How I would thank my lucky stars that I’m 43 with two living grandparents!! Both my parents are living……until 2007, my paternal grandmother was living…….how awesome is THAT? To get to my age with extended family in tact? It’s awesome.

Well, I’m off for now. Have a great Tuesday!!


Daisee579 said...

Congrats to Son1. You're going to have so much fun with the family. I bet they'll be so busy interacting and having fun, they won't even notice the dirt or smell (if there even is any!). At least that's what I tell myself when folks come visit my house!!

And you know that if I end up your way any time soon, I'm going to be bugging you to meet up for margaritas and a night of chatting!!

Perfectly Shelly said...

Oh, Yeah, Daisee!! Bring it on, Sister!! I'll be waiting!!!!

MsDarkstar said...

Des Moines is only about 3.5 hours away from where I am, Ms. Perfectly. (per our friend Google Maps) We could SO make a meeting happen!

And many congrats to Son #1. I cried at my own graduation because I was just so glad to have made it. You may cry at his graduation ceremony which will just be joy and pride bubbling out. Not a thing wrong with that!

Perfectly Shelly said...

I THOUGHT that maybe you'd be close by---relatively speaking that is--to Des Moines!

My mom, grandma/gpa,uncle and some cousins all live there. I only have 5 cousins total, so it's not like there are tons, but 2 of the 5 live there. And my BFF from childhood lives just a little north of Des Moines.

So, sometime this summer, we may need to make a weekend jaunt.