Friday, 8 June 2007

A day to remember

Today was Graduation Day for the girl child. The culmination of years of early mornings, alarm clocks, hard slog and endless nagging from the girl child's mother to get her off to school on time. It hasn't been easy and it often hasn't been pleasant and NO-ONE is more relieved than I to finally shake off the dust of school days! If I look back to her earliest days of school, starting with nursery school, I can never remember a day when she leapt out of bed with enthusiasm and went willingly off to school. She, like her mother, is just simply NOT a morning person! It used to drive her two big brothers wild, they would be up and dressed and ready to rock and roll and I would still be trying to persuade her to get dressed, put her shoes on and MOVE.

Over the years I tried many different techniques from threats to bribery - mostly to little avail. I remember throwing her and her clothes in the car and threatening to drop her off at school in her pajamas if she wasn't dressed by the time we got there. As she got older I tried waking her up earlier, I tried setting all the clocks in the house ahead 15 minutes, I tried buying loud and obnoxious alarm clocks (we had a particularly good one that used to shout in Korean and get louder and louder until switched off!) and I tried promises of sweeties and fun outings after school. I have been doing this now for FOURTEEN long and weary years - you can see why I am jumping for joy and singing hallelujah! :)

So today as I sat and watched this lovely young person put one phase of her life behind her and take her first steps into a new and exciting future, I felt relieved but proud, very proud! Who knows what the future may hold - she is undecided on her next step in her further education so we are just taking some time out to enjoy lazy mother and daughter mornings as she curls up on my bed and discusses the options!

For the moment, we are content! :)

(photos to follow!)

13 comments:

Rebicmel said...

Jayne, underneath my Hello is a link to where the clocks are...when you get to this page don't have a heart attack it is a place for graphics and such just has a ugh name...to the left it will say something like new toys click on it...there in will be different things. click on the clocks..it will give you a code.

Rebicmel said...

Jayne now for a comment on this article...it brought smiles and tears as I reflected back on my graduation merely last year lol.........well I can dream...What a wonderful time awaits your daughter, her living has just begun, so many options. I know her trip to Rome will be fun...You and your hubby can celebrate on your holiday in knowing you have done a great job.

Missy

~Ambre~ said...

Congratulations to the both of you Jayne!

~new beginnings~

Magdalen Islands said...

Today is the first day of the rest of her life. Enjoy!

Jayne :) said...

Thanks guys! A lazy day today recovering from the prom :)

Will tell you all about that tomorrow!

J Morgetron said...

Congratulations. What a milestone!

jadey said...

Well congrats on graduating a wonderful time in ones life!

mutters said...

Well, Jayney - I finally made it to your blog and a delightful one it is too!
Nice tale about your girl; you clearly beam with pride. I'm happy for you, my friend.

Such a nice lady, our Jayney.

Also, I love the pic of the girls lazing around their taxi. (There's a funny caption in that - maybe, 'yawn, what time'd the driver say he was gettin here?').

Take care Jayney.

Mutters

Jayne :) said...

Mutters me mate! How kind of you to pop by for a visit :)

It's a bugger this Helium maintenance break! LOL

mutters said...

Oh is it off again? Haven't been in since I stirred the pot.

Patti Winters said...

Congratulations Jayne and girl child. I am happy for both of you, I will be going through it next year with the boy child. I wish the best of luck to your wonderful girl child and may all her dreams come true!

Deirdre said...

Congrats Mommy Jayne and Beautiful Girl Child. Enjoy the curling up and discussing options, pretty sure girl child will be successful in whatever road she chooses to pursue. Deirdre

Jayne :) said...

Well at the moment she seems obsessed by parties and FREEDOM - lol

Thank everyone for your well wishes - they are much appreciated :)