Saturday, May 30, 2009

A New Beginning....

Let me set the scene: bright skies which eased into a cool, starlit night; a stadium filled with friends and family; seniors clothed in cap and gown; cameras ready and waiting.

Yes, graduation day finally arrived.

Just a few hours earlier, as I scurried around trying to get dinner ordered (for those staying behind), a frozen pizza made (for those leaving), clothes ironed, and nerves settled, Katie headed out the door to her final night as a high school student.

Friends arrived to hang with the girls, so we headed on out with a complaining boy. Why do I have to go? I don’t want to….

Well, he came but did not sit with us. And, trying to track him down later for pictures was a nightmare. But I’ll refrain from commenting on that, well, right now anyhow.

As luck would have it, we ended up sitting right near Catlan’s family. Perfect! Whatever pictures I didn’t get, perhaps Tracy did and vice versa.

After some superb and not so much speeches, graduation commenced. We were very impressed at how quickly the entire thing seemed to move. Wow. Now, I could have done without the air horns and other stuff but hey, this is the south.

Cat graduated before Katie. He received his diploma from a school board member who is a former Atlanta Braves player. Cool, huh?

And then Katie. Yep, how could she liven things up? Well, red sandals instead of white is a start. And then, all the way to the podium, what does she do? Talk. Yep, the whole way.

And on the way back to her seat.

We giggled the whole time. It didn’t occur to me to be teary eyed. Yeah for me!

The students were supposed to recess in nice lines. Well, the first three rows of students did that, but the rest? They did a mass free for all exit to the goal post.

Once all present, the music blared, and they tossed their caps. I, of course, missed that shot. Bummer. I also lost Katie in the midst of the chaos.

How do you find your kid in the mass of people swarming the field? Easy. You look for the tallest person on the field. I knew she’d be with Cat so it was just a matter of finding him. But that even took a while. Whew.

It is amazing that in the unreal mass of people, you can actually find your friends. Here are Nat and Tori with Katie…..all future college roommates. (note: Tori graduated earlier from another school within the metro area)

I shall spare you all the friend pictures. Trust me, it’s a good thing!

Then the mom “obligatory” pictures started. I had warned them at Baccalaureate that graduation would be worse…..don’t think they listened.

And in the midst of the chaos, I see this…

a very pensive look. I think she was overcome with the emotions of the night. She has been with some of these kids since first grade. Tears means she truly has had wonderful friends at school and knows that those times are over. A hard thing to accept.

Picture time over, we headed on out. Katie and Catlan headed to pick up their actual diplomas…..and I just happened to be stalking following them.

I will leave you with this picture. My favorite of the night. When my baby was so emotional, I look up to see this……

She has grown up and is no longer just my baby.


Shari U said...

What a great post. You must be so proud of your beautiful young lady. It's a new time, a time of change in your house.

jiangxigirls said...

Awww...congrats to Katie! I think Olivia will be a lot like her....talking all the way up and all the way back! The girl talks non-stop! Great pictures!

Mei Mei Journal said...

Congratulations Katie!

Laura L. said...

A wonderful post. Looks like it was a grand night. Congratulations to Katie and to her great parents as well.
Loved the photos and your words. Nice.

Faith, Hope, and Love said...

What great photos... I went from laughing to tear filled eyes. Congratulations to Katie!! Kudos on the red sandals!! :)


NeuroMama said...

Well, you might not have cried, but your post made me a little teary-eyed and I don't even know Katie! Congrats, Katie!!!! The real fun starts now.

Carrie said...

I am crying too! Congrats to you all! Looks like she has a great boyfriend! Don't worry Mom, she will always need you!

Teresa =) said...

Kristin -

What a sweet post. Katie reminds me so much of Meggie and I feel like I know her just from your posts. When you got to the "pensive picture" of Katie, I got a catch in my throat. Wow. Then your final thought about sharing your baby with her sweet boyfriend...I'm gonna go hug Meggie and tell her she is NEVER dating anyone. Ever.

Why do kids grow up????

Teresa =)

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

That is such a great post... so great to see kids get ready to spread their wings...
Hugs to ya...

Denise said...

It's so hard when they grow up. YOU are supposed to be their everything and then they go and betray you like that! LOL But you can be so proud of her, she's done well and she's picked an awesome guy. You can't ask for much more than that.

Jboo said...

Congrats to the graduate!! Wow -- what a lovely ceremony -- so beautiful outside! Now the fun summer before college begins! Enjoy!


Carey-Life in the Carpool Lane said...

I got all teary-eyed from that post...and I'm a long way from any graduates in this house.

Beautiful post...and I love the pic of you and Katie together.