I’m exhausted!  Every day is a marathon. 

Today I finished the ILPs for the school.  Today I designed and printed out 280 award certificates for the Senior Awards Banquet tomorrow night.  Today, I printed out 400 menues for tomorrow night’s dinner.  I also printed out 300 programs for tomorrow night, worked with my own students, and sold candy and crap after school for the National Honor Society.  I have to leave in 45 minutes to go to a dinner at Ryan’s with Jake for his Quick Recall Award.  DS really wanted to go but he’s cooking for 350 tomorrow night and doesn’t have a free minute this evening.  Of course, DIL said she couldn’t make it so if I don’t go with Jake, he won’t have anyone there to sit with him and see him get his award.

After Jake’s dinner, I’ll drive him home and stop off at Kroger to pick up 200 hot dogs, 150 frozen hamburgers, 200 hot dog buns and 150 buns for the burgers, 3 watermelons, ketchup, mustard, 72 bottles of water and 288 canned soft drinks for the ROTC field day on Friday.  I managed to talk one of the other parents into going to GFS to get the rest of the stuff.  I have to take care of it tonight because I won’t be coming home tomorrow.  I’ll stay after school to help DS and assist with the Senior Awards banquet.  It starts at 6:00 and runs until 8:30 or 9:00.  If I can just survive the rest of the week, things will slow down a little.

The senior counselor has tomorrow night’s schedule worked out and my duty is to “relax and enjoy your grandson getting his awards and then sit down to have dinner with your family”.  I’ve been told that I’m not a “volunteer helper” tomorrow.  I’m a guest.  I’m really going to try.  I’d love to be able to enjoy watching Steven have his moment in the limelight.  It’s just that I’m always so involved in all these events as an organizer that I don’t know if anyone else really has a handle on what needs to be done.  There’s a lot of stuff that goes on behind the scenes.  If today was any indication, I won’t be getting much relaxation tomorrow night.  They said the same thing last year when Andrew graduated and someone was running to get me every fifteen minutes to deal with some kind of crisis.  They lost the programs, the woman who was supposed to supervise the kids setting up the tables didn’t show up, the program ran over by more than an hour and DS was freaking out trying to keep dinner from drying up.  The clean-up crew disappeared after dinner and didn’t stick around for the dirty work.  Like I said, I’m going to try to be a guest.  Maybe I should go incognito.

After the Senior Awards Dinner and the ROTC field day, things will slow down.  We’re off on Monday, the kids have three more days of school and then we go to Steven’s graduation on Friday.  His graduation party will be Friday afternoon and then, I’M DONE!


susan says 26th May @ 11:00

What a marathon ~ Go Patty, GO!
Maybe you can get a pair of blinders so you can only focus on Steven and not see the chaos possibly taking place behind the scene. Do it for Steven 🙂

beerab says 26th May @ 23:47

I agree- try to be a guest as much as possible! They have to learn to do things without you SOMETIME! 🙂

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