Monday, May 14, 2007

Open House Hiatus

Well, it's graduation time. I'm a mess. This Sunday is my son's high school graduation open house, which is a BIG deal here in Indiana. The wider my world expands, the more I learn that other people in other states do NOT do this to this extent. I now suspect that there must be something in all the corn we Hoosiers eat that turns the moms into Stepford Moms (Munford Moms??) who are compelled by some mysterious force to create shrines dedicated to our graduating senior so that people can "Ooh" and "Ahh" before it at the open house. I cannot tell you how frantically I am trying to get things together. After all, I've only had ... 18 years to put this together.

So I won't be around much this week, but I'll probably just spend a minute or two on the computer ... like coming up for air ... don't forget me!

16 comments:

Nise' said...

Here in Michigan the HS Graduation Open House is a big deal! I was surprised when I found out that it is not such a big deal in some states. Why wouldn't you use any excuse to have a party? I got smart, I held it at our church and had a dessert buffet. It was so easy!!!! The last kid is not a sweet eater, but too bad, we're doing the same thing! Have a great time!

Roxanne said...

In my neck of the south, I have never heard of a graduation open house. . .but the dessert one sounds like a winner to me.

Susanne said...

Not here in my part of Canada either. Not that I know of anyway. I might have a big surprise on my hands next year.

Don't worry about us. We'll still be here. Have a nice time at this special time of your boy's life. "Congratulations" to him!

Tammy said...

Oh, first of all, congratulations to your son, Linda!
And at my previous large church, it was tradition to for the parents (read: moms) to make big displays for the foyer of their graduating children, as well.
And lastly, what a wonderful picture of you and your son! (You don't look nearly old enough to be his mom, though!) :)

Laura said...

Won't forget you - get "first things first" done and then report back with how wonderfully it all went! Have fun! :)

Barbara H. said...

Our school here has a reception after graduation where each senior has a "senior table" where they can display pictures, scrapbooks, trophies, certificates, or whatever, and the Beta Club serves refreshments.

I had never made a scrapbook in my life before but decided I wanted to make one for my middle son's senior table. It was a lot of pressure, but I am glad to have it now. A lot of people made displays with those tri-fold cardboard display things (like science fair projects are on) -- I did that with my firstborn.

Congrats to your son!!

Deena said...

Congratulations, to both Mom and Son! Is this your baby, or do you have more to plan open houses for??

Heth said...

We do the same types of graduations over here in Iowa, shrine and everything. Must be a midwest thing.

Take as much time as you need and enjoy every moment. What a precious, bittersweet time for a Momma.

samurai said...

Wow - what a week. Praying for you as you go through this season.

Jen said...

I wont forget you hope its a productive week for you
great photo
CONGRATULATIONS to your son

Sandy said...

We just got invited to one .. so Oregon has parties (open houses) too!
Congrats! How exciting for your family.
Sandy

Mike said...

In my home country, we do something similar. In fact, it is a practice in the little town where my parents were born to display diplomas outside the house. Yes, outside the house.


Mike
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The Preacher's Wife said...

What a milestone...I'm loving the whole shrine idea...I don't think we do that here in Alabama...We only worship the elephant or the tiger.

congratulations to your handsome boy and his hot momma! :))

:))

Sharon @ Little Lessons said...

We lived in PA when my son was in his first three years of high school. We went to many a graduation open house/party...sometimes three in one weekend.

Then just before his senior year, we moved to Texas...and found out that, at least in this part of Texas, those events don't happen here.

God must have known that I would not have been organized enough to pull it off. Ha!

Have fun with it, really!!!

JennaG said...

I know you are very proud of your boy. You are right, I don't think there is a huge open house movement down here in the south--at least not that I know of. I'm sure you must be exhausted. I'm glad I have 3 years before it's my turn.

Kim said...

Linda, I have been enjoying reading your blog...knowing you're right down the road from me. :) I'm in NC just up 3 a few miles from Munceetown. Anyway, I've been a constant pool of tears lately as I'm riding along on the mom of a soon-to-be graduate train with you. We've got a big "to-do" planned the day after graduation as well, and I don't know if it's just a girl thing, but we're going the whole "theme" route. It's very cute...VERY much my daughter. :) I just keep praying and thanking God that this is what he has blessed us with her for...to grow in him and serve him with all of her heart, soul, mind and strength....sigh..........here I go cryin' again......I'll be praying for you and thinking of you and your son this weekend. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers next weekend! :)