06 June 2011

Insouciant me

I had to look insouciant up in the dictionary. I've never used it before, but it characterized me, today...'having or showing freedom from worries or trouble.' I just wish this day had about 36 more hours, it's been so good.

My life has revolved around getting ready for the events of the past four days for at least the past month. I never once said, 'I can't wait till it's over.' When that thought crossed my mind, and it did, I made myself think, 'I can't wait till it's here.' I knew the days would come, and that I would be ready.

I think the best part about prom, graduation, and the graduation party itself was Emily's happiness. She glowed. She basked in the attention. She knew she was well-loved. It was all about her. I was so happy to do it all to make it wonderful for her.

The Infamous Graduation Album. Not really infamous.

I curled Emily's hair for graduation. It really looked fabulous. It was SO much work that it would have to be a very special occasion for me to do it again. My thumbs still feel burned! Because there were only 47 Seniors in Emily's graduating class, each family got 8 tickets. Phil had 9 family members; I was really happy they all were there. Rob and my sister Lisa came with me, and Emily's dad and step-mom were there. It was a happy day.

I'll post party pics in my next post.

Emily and Phil left for Ocean City, MD after the party. It's a rite of passage here in Maryland. Senior Week at the beach. Go figure...we hold our kids close all these years, then let them go unsupervised to the beach for a week. I spoke to the kids so many times about safety, responsibility, dangers, etc. I had to let them go. I hugged Emily tight and yes, the thought crossed my mind that I might never hold her again. I can't wait till this week is over and she's home again.

I woke up this morning and sat on my porch, listening to the rioting birds and taking in the beauty of nature. I drank my coffee that I love so much. I watered my gardens, something that gives me much pleasure. I took care of a whole lot of paperwork and phone calls for my parents. Then I went to my pool! It was a lovely day. I stayed for almost 4 hours, swimming and reading my book. Heavenly. I think I had a smile on my face the whole time. I ended my day by sitting on the porch again, writing most of this post. It's been such a good day. It would be selfish of me to wish for more.


Leann said...

As much as we want them to go forth and flourish, the most difficult thing we do is let them go.

Val said...

Such a beautiful young woman. I know how proud you are! Actually....they make a cute couple, don't they? Congratulations to both of you (and big hugs).

Jamie said...

So many things that I want to say here, but I'll just leave it at this: You are a wonderful, wonderful mother and Em is lucky, so lucky to be loved the way she is. She is beautiful and smart and will go so far in life. I am thrilled for you that the stressful month is behind you...enjoy the calm now. Big, big hugs. :)

Lena said...

Your post made my day! So beautiful... so nice to read about such a completely happy day! I have been reading about Em for a long time now and to be able to read about her special day was just awesome!

I had tears reading this. Endings and new beginnings!! Life is sweet.

Hugs to you.

happyone said...

Congratulations Emily!!

I hope your dreams take you to the corner of your smiles,
to the highest of your hopes,
to the windows of your opportunities,
and to the most special places
your heart as ever known.
~ Author Unknown

Martha said...

I read this post and felt instantly relaxed. What a wonderful time for you!

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