La Petite graduates from college in three - count 'em, 3 - weeks.
Amigo graduates from high school in six - count 'em, 6 - weeks.
I sense a party looming. I sense dilemmas falling around my shoulders, more like hail than a gentle rain. I sense decisions and more decisions, planning, planning, and finally making things happen.
And all this while teaching full time, training in new math and language arts methods, and working on a course in differentiating instruction.
What was I thinking?!?
I can do this. I can do this if I focus on priorities, make lists, and attack the lists step by step. Here goes!
La Petite's graduation ceremony
Put date on calendar. Done; don't underestimate the calendar item. Chuck and I get very frustrated with each other when the calendar isn't up to date because we get burned in the firestorm of commitments.
Make hotel reservations in the small University town. The town is small, not the University. There aren't many choices. Done; good thing we acted on this one already. We got the last room at the inn - a fancy suite. It's worth it. Repeat: it's worth it.
Start moving what we can, do it early, and do it often. She's fighting this a bit, not realizing that the contents of her apartment were moved in over a span of three years, and we're moving it home over a span of three weeks. I keep providing her with boxes; she keeps accepting them grudgingly. If we don't fill the minivan a little with each weekend trip, we'll have to rent a U-Haul and.... let's not even thing about it.
Consider, choose, and purchase graduation gift. Oh, my goodness, I've hardly given this any thought! She is a photographer, aspiring photo-journalist, artist, writer, traveler. She's a typical millennial in her techi-ness, able to switch effortlessly between Mac and PC platforms. No land-line, she lives by her cell phone, a newly acquired smart phone. Ideas, readers?
And then I need to think about a gift for Amigo - what to get an 18 year old, sports fan, public radio fanatic, concert-goer and music lover?
MCMM readers, I need you. Please leave me gift ideas in the comments! I must (oh, such a sacrifice) start shopping!