Hasn't been too many months ago since we passed this milestone!
And then we were on to the next step. We all agreed that a 4-year college wasn't the best step. He loves history and art, but school - not so much. He had signed up for Aviation Maintenance on the Community College website (because someone told him it might be fun?) Then he thought about becoming an Electrician. My ADHD son around electricity didn't sound like the best career path, so we suggested Machine Tools. He seems to have an eye for seeing details that others don't.
One day, shortly after graduation we were shopping at one of those large warehouse chains when we ran into our Cubmaster from long ago, along with his wife and youngest son. I knew that he worked for a company that employed machinists, so I told him of the decision we were looking at: Electrician vs Machinist. With a little encouragement from his wife. ;-), Mr. P offered to take the graduate to work with him one day and show him around. Later in the week, they did just that, and the boy returned home certain of what he wanted to do...Machine Tools, it was! He scheduled his classes that afternoon on the Community College website. He even texted his schedule to Mr. P, who had said they might be able to find something for him to do part time at his company.
All was well until about 3 weeks ago, when the community college called and said that his classes wouldn't start until the spring. Now what? Well, look for work, I suppose. Once again he contacted Mr. P, but he didn't hear anything in reply. Then about a week ago, the community college called again and said he could reschedule his classes. Oh, and by the way tuition was due. So we took care of that. This kid took the money out of his savings and checking accounts to pay the tuition because he said he knew he'd do better if it was his money.
Then Sunday, Mr. P's wife called me. "P's boss is trying to get in touch with B....make sure he calls him," she said. He called yesterday and scheduled the interview for today. "I think I got the job," he texted me. It's a full time job, starting Monday, if he passes his physical. "On the job training for this kind of job is better than school," he says. A part of us is programmed to say, "You HAVE to go to school." But he is going to see about a tuition refund tomorrow.
He is excited and looking forward to this new chapter. I am, too. That's what we do as parents...raise productive members of society. But I suppose, though, this is kind of a signal that childhood and all that entailed is wrapping up real fast. I'm a little sad about that. But glad that we are moving forward.
It's been a million years or six months since I last posted anything here. Sometimes I think about it, but then I get half way through a post or don't start it at all. I don't know what happened from the days of thinking, "Oh, I can blog about this." I suspect part of it is that my kids turned into real people. More or less.
But there are a couple of things from earlier in the year that I want to write down just so I remember them. Remembering is getting harder and harder, it seems. I think its because my brain is out of available memory space and there is a constant assault of information That's what I'm going with, anyway.
I am spending some wonderful, valuable, golden time with my BFF. I've been here before...it's been three years -almost exactly to the day - since I was here. But tomorrow I head home.
So let me download a couple of things from my memory...good things.
In 2013, towards the end of wrestling season, one of my sons' coaches collapsed during practice and died right there - on the mat. It was sudden, it wasn't pretty, and it was one of those parts of life you wish you could shield your kids from, but can't. Anyway...fast forward a year to the 2014 wrestling season. Our high school hosts a tournament every January, and this year it was renamed in honor of the coach who had passed away. Many of his family members were in attendance.
As I washed my hands in the restroom - of all places - a woman that I had never met before, introduced herself to me as the sister of the late coach. She said, "I just want you to know, I'm ______'s sister, and he always had such positive things to say about your sons. And I've heard other coaches say the same thing, too." We do our best raising our children, but sometimes it really is nice to hear something out of the blue so positive.
I hate it when people post on Facebook about how fabulously, wonderfully awesome their amazing honor roll, principal's list kids are, so I refrained from splashing that on Facebook for all the world to see. I think sometimes those people just want more people to say how awesome their kids are and it's because their parents are so great, of course. But it's here so I won't forget it.
I had another proud mom moment in April. There was an evening meeting for my son's internship program after school one day. There is a kid who lives in a nearby subdivision...his parents work nights...he asked for a ride. So we picked him up - not a total stranger, he has run cross country with my boys, rides their bus, etc. On the way home, my child wanted to stop at Chick-Fil-A. I was not interested in eating there(started Weight Watchers a month or so earlier), but I stopped so he could get something. I stayed in the car and let them go in.
Our ride-along buddy didn't have any money, and had never even been to Chick-Fil-A before. I was proud of my child, for doing the right thing (without me nudging him along) and buying a sandwich for his friend. After they got in the car, his friend said to my son, "I owe you, man." "Nah, that's OK...just pay it forward some day." It was another proud mom moment.
I listened to the 2 of them talk in the back seat on the way home. My boys and this young man catch the bus at 6 am, which is way too early, in my opinion. BUT, this kid wakes up even earlier and walks his sister - who goes to a different high school even further from home - to the bus stop at 5:30 because he does not want her to wait alone at that hour. It kind of gives you a little bit of faith in humanity that there are still responsible, selfless, giving people in the world.
Now I shall crawl back into blog oblivion...or maybe I'll come back and share my visit with my BFF. Just depends on what's happening in the world (my world). Tomorrow will be a travel day, and then the next day begins inservice days for school. RIP summer.
I'm the wife of one ancient man and the mom of two teen beings with Y chromosomes.
I teach middle school special ed, and I'm slightly "touched".
I've always been Catholic, but in recent years my faith has become much more important in my life. Now I'm a "Happy Catholic."