The signs were obvious I suppose. The cleaning lists (plural, “his” and “hers”). The invitations mailed. Menu planned. Food bought. Folding tables, chairs and crockpots from friends dropped off at our house. My wife’s “I’m on a MISSION” face in stark contrast to our daughters “M’eh” attitude about tomorrow. It’s graduation party time at the Palatial Estates and Worldwide Headquarters of Ripley Industries for our youngest daughter Macy. I knew that it was coming, seriously….I did. Having been through this twice already I know my role as “second in command, lifter of heavy things, groundskeeper,head grill-master and chief greeter” (gotta put the ‘eye-candy’ front and center is what I always say).
Anyway, with our first two daughters, having their party was just something that came with the territory, “we’ve got another one coming along in a couplea years” is what we told ourselves. One daughter won’t be with us tomorrow, she’s in Tokyo, another is stopping by before a friends wedding. With Macy, we’ve reached the end-of-the-line. She’s the baby of the family, and truth be told, I’ve always thought of her that way even though she’s eighteen, traveled around Germany, held down a part-time job and been an easy kid to raise. Next fall she’ll head to the University of Iowa for her freshman year. We’ll be “empty-nesters”….when did this happen? How did we get here?! It went by so quickly, but that’s a blog for another day. Until then, here’s a few snapshots of Macy Sue, graduate of Kennedy High 2014.
Congratulations to you Macy. We love you.
Mom and Dad