Trinity Lutheran School Friends

Sunday August 30 is the benefit for Liz Diamond’s daughters.

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Meanwhile I learned another friend from Trinity is in hospice care, losing her battle with breast cancer. My thoughts and prayers are with each and every person living with the pain and loss that comes with this disease.

Michelle (Mulhisen) Fioretti Trinity Lutheran 7th grade

Michelle (Mulhisen) Fioretti
Trinity Lutheran 7th grade

Cancer eats away
life left in limbo still with
promises to keep

Taken for Granted

Gone before forty
Never cease to remember
Happy birthday, Scott

August 24, 2015 would have been my brother-in-law’s 40th birthday. He is missed.

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The day before
Thanksgiving we lost someone dear
The day before
Life progressed without underscore
Taking for granted our time here
Moments slipped by without revere
The day before

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Shawn and Scott Hosking May 2012

RIP – Scott Hosking
August 24,1975
November 27, 2013

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Age of Discretion – HELP!

Use own discretion
License gives freedom to drive
Without an adult

Rachael Hosking behind the wheel.

Rachael Hosking behind the wheel.

Okay so she had an adult in the car, but it was her mother who cannot drive. Rachael did very well on her quasi solo drive. She drove me over to the library and then we went to the dollar store and pet store all the while she kept repeating, I don’t know why they gave me a license. I can’t drive. Well I don’t know what to tell you, but we made it to all those places and back home safe and sound, kid. I think her dad did a pretty good job of teaching her how to drive and obviously the proctor at MVD thought so, too.

This past Thursday she got senior class info (rings, announcements, cap and gown) and she filled out her application for ASU. Good grief how did we get here so quickly. She was just born yesterday, right?

Happy Bad Poetry Day

Two licensed drivers
in my house now, and yet I’m
still stuck bumming rides.

Yesterday was a busy AND successful day. Because Rachael only has one class (plus vet science) until college courses start on the 24th, she decided it was time to bite the bullet and take her road test. She got her permit July 9, 2014 and didn’t feel confident enough for the road test. You know you have a great friend when she drives you and your mother over to the MVD to renew your permit. So permit was renewed before our trip to California and we got to see the new Terminator movie that day.

Once we got back from California, Rachael practiced more driving, but didn’t get much done parallel parking. She wanted to take the road test August 4th before school started, but panicked. Finally this past weekend with triple digit record temps, Rachael and dad spent plenty of time parallel parking.

August heat record
mercury’s rise in reply
tired of melting

And after I heard word she passed and we were celebrating with Pei Wei, I was shocked to see dad pulling into the driveway. It seems she was done driving for the day, the road test was nerve wracking enough. Plus she had vet science in the afternoon, so mom and Gretchen still needed to bum a ride for the orthodontist.  We walked over and Nonnie was able to pick us up after work and bring us home.

Behind driver’s wheel
Proctor sits in passenger seat
Press on gas and peel

Disneyland, poem by Veronica Hosking (My Perfect Vacation Series)

I went onto Facebook to waste some time and play games. Hey, it’s Friday I can chill. I noticed a picture of me on my feed I didn’t post. Forgot about the poem I submitted to the My Perfect Vacation series. Here it is 😀

Silver Birch Press

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Disneyland
by Veronica Hosking

Diamond jubilee
Imagination
Sparks
Nonstop
Excitement
Yields
Longlasting
Amusement
Nostalgic
Dream vacation

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: My youngest daughter had her 8th grade promotion in May. She wanted to celebrate by going to Disneyland. We enjoyed the park’s 60th diamond celebration in July.

AUTHOR’S NOTE ON THE PHOTO:  Gretchen (graduate), Rachael (pooh ears), and me posing with Winnie the Pooh July 15, 2015.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Veronica Hosking is a wife, mother, and poet.  She lives in the desert southwest with her husband and two daughters.  Her family and day job, cleaning the house, serve as inspiration for most of her poetry. She was the poetry editor for MaMaZina magazine 2006-2011.  “Spikier Spongier” appeared in Stone Crowns magazine November 2013. “Desperate Poet” was posted on the Narrator International website and reprinted in Poetry Nook February 2014. She has had several poems featured by Silver Birch Press

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First Day of School

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Gretchen smiling at Disneyland

 

Follow girls to bus stop
Inquire where it is
Remember first day of school
Standing with wide-eyed freshmen
Timid about making friends

The first day of school for freshmen was Monday August 3rd. Rachael didn’t start until Wednesday but she was up bright and early to walk her sister to the bus stop. Yes, I have a terrible time getting pictures of Gretchen. The Disney photographer actually caught the girl with a smile on her face when we met Elsa and Anna. I was impressed.

Since the first day is freshmen only, there were only three kids at the bus stop. I wrote my #haikuchallenge Monday about it.

Waiting at bus stop
Count how many freshmen show
My entertainment

Agua Fria starts super early 7:20am except Wednesdays which are late start. Monday only three kids showed up at the bus stop; Tuesday the first day for everyone only four kids were there. I figured high schoolers were “too cool” to ride the bus. But Wednesday when the bus picks them up at 8:15 about a dozen kids were there. Yesterday at 6:45 there was still a good number, but it went down slightly this morning. Well first week of school complete thirty-nine to go.