School Rings

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Mementos from past
Sit in jewelry box untouched
High school ring on top

Gretchen sent me a text yesterday: We got order forms for class rings. I replied, I forgot you get those junior year. She answered, the guy said you’re old because most parents forget they order school rings junior year. Well I didn’t really mean I forgot rings were ordered in your junior year; what I really meant was I forgot my baby is a junior! How did that happen?

When Gretchen got home from school, she told me she wants a ring big enough to customize. I told her the ring doesn’t have to be big to personalize it. And yes I took out my high school and college rings to show her. My high school ring has a quill and paper for journalism. Gretchen even commented, You would have a book and pen on your ring. Did she really think her mother would stop loving to read and write? Silly child

This morning I asked Rachael, Guess who got her class ring order form yesterday. She answered, Gretchen who else could it be? I said, You. She said, They do college rings? Then she remembered looking at them. The cheapest one was about $600. I told her, Yeah college rings were always more expensive.

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Rachael’s high school ring class of 2016

Poetry at Work Day

Scrub to shine sublime
Poet pursues perfection
Water winds down drain

Poet's day job

Poet’s day job

Sit inside the box
When I grow up, I want to…
Think outside the box

Future high school freshman

Future high school freshman

Welcome to 2015! I have not been writing much. The girls had two weeks off for winter break. I used it as an excuse to not write. I also wanted to finish reading On Borrowed Time by Jenn McKinlay. I got the book back in November, but then had little time to read. The girls started back to school last week, but having them home was also a good excuse not to do housework. I had to catch up on this as well.

Yesterday I was cleaning the girls’ bathroom and heard a strange noise down the hallway. I went to investigate, thinking I would find a cat up to no good. Didn’t find anything. Followed the noise down to my bathroom and realized it was coming from the sink. Air was being sucked down the drain. I stood there for a minute or so wondering what caused this phenomenon, but it was making me uneasy. I went back to finish cleaning the other bathroom and noticed the water completely drained out of the toilet?!

Then last night was Frosh Night (future freshmen night) at the high school. We attended it with our future freshman. When we got home, Shawn was looking at old pictures and he brought out the one of our baby. This was taken the first day of pre-school (4 yr old) for her older sister. Arizona is a school of choice state. Open enrollment means a student can pick the school she wants to attend. District lines don’t mean anything except the school has to make room for the students in their district first and there may be a wait list if a student choses to go out of her district. We’ll see what Gretchen decides; though getting her to another school will be difficult since I don’t drive.

Where will she wind up
Open enrollment creates
High school dilemma

Well I am off to work and write more poetry for #poetryatworkday. Thus far the two here are from the #haikuchallenge word today, wind. The third was poetic license with yesterday’s word, side.