I’m typing in my Mike Myers mask and aside from the fact that I’m pretty ticked off that someone dripped marshmallow fluff into my space bar, I’m all verklempt for a lot for reasons.
1) Andy and I finished our last chapter of the Story of the World Series today. I’ve done this cycle of history with all of the boys. It’s a great series and I can’t believe Andy has “aged” out. Someone send me a five-year old so I can make mummies and burn London and all that fun stuff one more time!!!!
2) Dan finished up his first year of “college” classes (as a high school junior) with 5 A’s and 1 B (I know, we are ashamed about the B too). He’s started summer term. He took his AP Economics test before going to work (at a paying job no less) yesterday and he feels like he did well. His college SAT/ACT scores are high enough to earn him our state’s scholarship money at the highest level. Wah! (damn Fluff keeps making my cursor go WAY ahead of me, it’s ruining the bittersweetness of my post).
3) Tomorrow morning, Scout Troop 196 will gather, along with a lot of other scouts and friends Dan’s made along the way to execute (freaking cursor, freaking Fluff – who buys this crap anyway?) his Eagle Scout project. I cannot believe it. We have been involved in scouting since 1998!!!!! Danny has done so much work and Mike and I have sat on our hands so hard it hurt to make sure this was HIS project and now it’s actually going to happen!!!! This is a huge milestone for Dan and one that was kind of touch and go there for a while.
It’s just crazy to me how quickly time is passing and how rapidly the boys are meeting their own goals and some of my own crazy expectations too. If you read here at any kind of regular intervals, you have surely picked up on how stressful and angsty this year has been for me. While I work hard at not solely defining myself by my kids – as much as that’s possible if you have kids; I think if you homeschool for any length of time it’s inevitable. I’m finally feeling like it’s paying off. I can’t explain the feeling, but it’s a really good one. I think the word is relief.
Go ahead, pass the tissues amongst yourselves and talk. And, if someone is going out anyway, could you pick up a new keyboard? A Fluff resistant one?