This was waiting for me at the breakfast table this morning. I took one look at it and burst into tears. Whoever writes this ad copy is a genius. See those baby feet? "First to say hello?" This is the biggest parental gut-punch I've experienced to date. I'm having trouble maintaining my denial that my first baby is getting ready to graduate from high school. That little girl is almost out of here.
The knife twists as I look inside the big glossy catalog:
ACK! The guilt! I never did finish the baby book. This is my last chance to prove that I'm a good mom who captures memories appropriately. "While he might not admit it now..." is so true. Drama Girl insists she doesn't want any of this stuff but the brochure knows that teenagers don't know what's best for them. If I want to have any kind of bond with my offspring in the future I better capture all the memories NOW. And let's not ignore the subtext that I might lose my memory in the future and need this memory book to correctly identify my children.
If I don't get her a ring, it's like I'm telling her that she and her story are not important. Apparently a ring is her life.
I texted Drama Girl this morning when I knew she wasn't in class.
Oh thanks, I'm bawling now!
Don't buy anything from there, I just need the cap and gown
Seriously though, best marketing line ever.
I don't even get it.
Is that supposed to be the school talking?
They weren't even the first to say hello
My preschool was
The doctor who was there when I was born was the first to say hello
[she texts so fast I was still writing my reply to her first line]
MOM was the first to say hello. I knew you were there before the doctor did.
Are they really the last to say goodbye?
Won't that be college?
Whoever's at my death bed
Is my high school going to KILL me?
There was more to the conversation, but you get the drift. I was laughing through my tears at that point.
So now, like the brochure suggests, I'm going to ignore her wishes and figure out how to mark this milestone. Do people really still send out graduation announcements? I've never received one that I can remember. Seems like it's just a way to ask for a gift. Do I have to get those little cards with her name on them? I remember getting a million at my high school graduation and not knowing what to do with them.
Goodbye denial, you've protected me well for as long as you could. This is all getting a little too real now.