It’s getting busy around our house. My Summer Retirement Internship came at a wonderful time to be hanging out at home.
The ‘Chippy game” as my granddaughter calls the championship fast-pitch softball game, is this afternoon after school. GN’s team plays at the home field of the opposing team, but there will be a coin toss for the home-field advantage. It’s going to be a tough game, but I told her two things: “The game begins on even ground with the score at 0-0.” and “The game doesn’t end until the final out, so don’t end it mentally any sooner.”
Immediately after the game, we head back to GN’s school for the Athletic Banquet. Graduating eighth-graders who have participated in more than one sport and maintained a 3.0 GPA or better will be recognized for their academic achievement as well as their participation in sports. GN should fall into this group.
Tomorrow morning we head to school bright and early for the Student of the Month breakfast. GN’s science teacher told her that she wanted to nominate her for her work in science, but the mathematics teacher nominated her first. Yea on both counts!
Friday morning we attend the baccalaureate service and reception for the graduating class and their families. The service is held as part of the school day so the Kindergarten through seventh-grade classes can attend.
Next Monday, Goodnight gets to go to an amusement park all day as a final outing with her class.
Next Tuesday is GN’s graduation ceremony and reception. We came to an agreement on her shoes. I know she’s not a baby and wouldn’t have wanted to send her across the stage in flip-flops or mary-janes . . . but I wasn’t ready to see her in six-inch heels either. We found heels of a reasonable height and she seems to be walking in them just fine. Not to leave any stone-unturned, however, the girls get to have their own graduation rehearsal this morning so they can practice walking up the steps in their heels. My heartfelt thanks to the teacher who is doing this. I wish I could be a bug on the wall, but there is grace and dignity in keeping it to themselves.
In between all the other activities, my mother and I play cards, wash the dishes together, weed the garden, take walks and naps, enjoy simple lunches at my dining room table, or simple lunches as we are out and about.
It was dreary and dark yesterday. We visited a small fine arts gallery in the morning and then I took Gr8 to a movie in the afternoon.
In the evenings, the three of us sit at the dining room table and play cards or other table games. It’s good for all of us: my mother is with family, my granddaughter gets to experience my mother’s wisdom and patience, and I get to enjoy them both!
As for the remainder of my Summer Retirement Internship – Part 1, we are pushing the repeat button on some of the above paragraphs.
Must scoot! The Chevro-sleigh needs some gas so we can get to that big softball game.