My life hasn’t had much excitement these days but my son’s life has been pretty exciting. He is in Grade 11 which, here in Quebec, means that he graduates high school this year. They have already had the Grad Semi-Formal dinner/dance back in the fall which gets the ball rolling.
A few weeks ago they went on the Grad trip to New York City for four days. Fifty teenagers, five chaperones……. what could go wrong? Before they left I alternated between being thrilled at the experience that he’d have and being terrified that I’d never see my first-born again. They saw all of the usual sights including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Madame Tussaud’s, Central Station, Ground Zero, etc. and went to a Broadway show (Jersey Boys) their first night and a comedy club the second night.
The piece de resistance though was the Canadiens – Devils hockey game on Good Friday. They all got free Habs t-shirts and also had passes to go down on the ice after the game for pictures. I told him that if he met Max Pacioretty, he had to tell him that Mom thinks he’s a cutie ;) Sadly, they didn’t meet the players but it was still cool anyway.
|Mine is the stunned looking one in the black leather jacket near the centre-right and that's his pretty girlfriend in front of him|
They all come back from New York in one piece, with plenty of tales to tell about the sights that they saw and, with four teenage boys to a room, the smells that they smelled.
We now have to start saving our pennies for the formal Grad dinner/dance which is right around the corner. Limo, suit, corsage for the girlfriend, pictures……. it’s coming too quickly!
Add all of this to the fact that he has been accepted at John Abbott College in the fall and this is going to be an exciting, if expensive, time for him. I was mentioning all of this in an email to my ex recently and said that our wallets are going to be bleeding. Sadly, I wasn’t joking.
If you don’t hear from me, it’s because I’m working three jobs to pay for all of this.
Damned kid better support me when I’m old.