About Me

Paxton, Illinois, United States

Friday, August 15, 2008

Reflections of a Mall Mom...

I spent today at the mall with my youngest son, shopping for school clothes. This will be his senior year and while wandering around Holister's dimly lit interior, straining to hear my son's comments over the ear-splitting music, the reality of this hit me. My first school shopping experience was twenty-two years ago when my daughter entered kindergarten; since then I've logged many mall miles and spent outrageous amounts of money on the 'in' thing (always different, never easy to find.) I've done this for so long that I never really thought about the fact that it would end! Quite frankly, I'm not sure I'm going to handle this year of 'lasts' in an adult, dignified manner. I've made it through three high school graduations, two college graduations, one marriage, and the birth of a grandchild without dissolving into tears; these days, just calling the photographer about senior pictures sends me running for Kleenex! It seems that as the other kids got older I was able to look forward to the new things in their lives; I've found that getting to know your adult child can be as wondrous as those first days with a newborn. However, I'm finding it hard to let go of this last baby...hope I don't drive myself, and him, insane over the next year!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Step One...

This is my very first foray into the world of blogging so bear with me ! As a (much) older student, I find myself frequently adrift on the 'Web.' Luckily I have children who were computer-savvy by the time they entered kindergarten so I'm in good hands. Looking forward to a new semester...things to learn, things to learn! So, this blog entry will be the culmination of my first learning experience of the fall of '08...and it's only taken my a week to get this far!