Posts Tagged ‘empty nest’

High School Reunion

December 6, 2008

On Thursday, the day we arrived after driving all night… looking greasy and forlorn with dark circles under our eyes, Melanie, a friend from highschool, stopped by the home where we are visiting to drop off a sword (another story ENTIRELY!)  What a nice surprise and unexpected visit.

Just like the shampoo commercials of old, she told two friends and they told two friends and she told her sister Serena (another high school classmate) that we are visiting in Calif!  Well, come to find out, Serena, who lives in SoCal, was only an hour away from us here in NorCal at a math conference with her husband the nerdy math teacher.  Serena and I have not seen each other for 15 years so she jumped at the chance of a brief meeting!

All that to say we had a high school reunion lunch with four gals from the classes of 1983, 1984 and 1985.  Three of us had soup and salad; one had a Bacon and Cheese Fat Burger, but her secret is safe with Connie, Melanie and I.  :o)  We talked of teachers, pranks, missing knowledge of subjects we took, riding public transportation with Space Cadet and of classmates that we are still connected to… and those who are MIA. 

We got caught up on our children, spouses, siblings and parents.  Both Serena and Melanie are nearing the empty nest with only one of three kids still at home.  To our envy, they are also enjoying sister trips around the States together.  It was a glimpse of what lies ahead for Connie and I who are in the heart of homeschooling and still have elementary age kids.

Thanks, girls, for a FUN day!  Oh, and Melanie generously donated a wad of fabric to Bags for Zaza!   Wooo Hooo!  Thank you!

(Serena, I’m not laughing yet at today’s escapades… and still sitting gingerly…. please stand by for a thorough blog on the mishap in the days to come.)

High School…. AAAAACKKKKK!

August 25, 2008

The last time Larisa put on a backpack and went to a classroom was the year 2000.  <sigh>  She has asked for a backpack several times over the past eight years since her last backpack…. the hot pink plastic number with a glittery headshot of Barbie showcased on the front.  We just laughed and said, “What for?  To take your books from your bedroom to the kitchen?”  One of the only financial savings of homeschooling.  Finally this summer she was traveling and actually needed a real live backpack (you couldn’t find Barbie???) and her father succumbed.  Whew.  We held out for eight long years.

Don’t go thinking we sent her to the lair of a public high school straight from the homeschool nest.  Nada.  She is taking a single class at a co-op of homeschoolers.  The class, Biology, comes with a lab (needed for the transcript), a real emergency room doctor teaching it, a Christ-filled textbook, and a field trip to California to study marine biology in May.  Another perk of homeschooling…. REAL field trips.  It’s not going to be a cake-walk, however.  Her first assignment was emailed to her early August with required reading and vocabulary words to know for TODAY, the first day with a TEST!  (and the homeschool mother throws her head back, holds her belly and laughs with hilarity that someone else is requiring work out of her child.)  Every homeschool mom understands.

Larisa strategically picked Biology because it was right before lunch….. SOCIALIZATION!  Ahhhhhhhh, the dream of every homeschool child.  We even got her a lunch card for the cafe.  Her first lunch card. <sigh>  Will she buy nutritional morsels?  Nada.  My guess is slushies and Cheetos.  I’m realizing just how nerdy I was way back in the day….. I remember being elated that the vending machine at school had beef barley soup!  Oh, make me drool.

My first nearly empty nest moment… if only for 2.5 hours.  Never fear, there’s still two pajama clad boys running around here asking for Swedish pancakes.  Not all is lost.