Preparing for my sons college graduation, I thought I was ahead of the curve purchasing the announcements right from the college bookstore itself. As I opened a pack getting prepared to address them and get them ready for mailing I realized they are BLANK inside. Oh, no really?!
Having bought them right from the college, I assumed they would be preprinted with info, like the class of 2011, time of Graduation, yada, yada, like the H.S. ones I ordered right from the school 4 yrs ago. I did not want to individually write each one out, worrying about penmanship, room for each personal sentiment, let alone what to write to each person, etc.
Looking up on Google what the correct protocol is as I’ve never been in this predicament before, I realized that I either HAVE to individually write them, print them on my computer which is beyond my capabilities, return the 3 unopened packs to the bookstore, and reorder from a different place who will print my 1 sentiment in all of them. Unfortunately, I doubt the printed ones will be on beautiful stock paper with the college’s Crest which tickled my son’s sensibilities. Oh, well. Now all I have to do is come up with the beautiful sentiment.
As usual, nothing is as simple as assumed. Huh! Now, I have to wait for the graduate’s opinion and hope it’s on time. I had today all set aside to work on them. I’m sure he and I can come up with a wonderful sentiment to have printed inside, it’s just the time invested now of the wasted day and getting them done in time with his and the printers help. Then getting the picture done to include and the shenanigans that will ensue with that, if you have a son, you’d understand how they put things off.
I did have a brain surge, perhaps someone like Office Max or KINKO will print on the ones I have. That would make the process a little easier. Will have to check that out. Too bad I can’t drive and go get it done myself since my surgeon said I still can’t drive for another month. Now another job my car service, actually my good friend, can drive me to. We shall see. So another simple job turned into a “JOY” of parenting!
But, every cloud DOES have a silver lining, because as I wrote the sentiment myself, as I was working on composing it, the pride and tears the thoughts generated were worth all the angst this caused. I AM so proud of my son, he is graduating Summa Cum Laude, he’s been on the Dean’s list his entire 4 years, and he’s graduating with two BA Degrees. So no mother could be prouder! I enjoyed composing the personal sentiment for the announcements and think they will be much more personal this way , it was just a surprise, that’s all! And I love to share my angst!
This is what keeps stay-at-home Moms busy and happy after all!
Besides running to doctor appointments that take 3 hours including the drive. That’s what we do with our days. Just sayin’! (and blogging!)
(C) Written by Evelyn Garone 4/4/2011