Friday, October 21, 2011

Did you see the size of that mum?

My oldest stepson entered high school this year and the transition has been full of new and exciting things-and some new adjustments along the way.

One new difference-they have slurpy machines in the cafeteria. This is one of the first bonuses my stepson pointed out about high school.  Next, he seemed to instantly transform into a social butterfly and we transformed into a taxi service for a teenager.  So many fun things to attend-football games, parties with friends, events at church-the list goes on and on.

Then, my husband started looking at his grades online and the taxi service came to a screeching halt.  School work has always been pretty easy for Josh.  He is a smart kid and if anything he might get bored with a subject rather than be stumped by it.  However, this is a whole new ballgame.  He is in pre-AP courses in preparation for college and some of the grades were not pretty.

This led to a serious conversation - you get your grades up or you have no social life.  Pretty easy equation and one he took seriously.  Let’s face it, juggling all that fun AND making the grades can be tough!

Tonight is Homecoming at his school.  First, let me say I am not from Texas originally, so the tradition of the homecoming mum is one that has always been interesting to me-and the size of some of the mums, a little baffling.  This year, we get to experience this Texas tradition firsthand.  I think my husband might have been more excited picking out a mum for Josh’s date than he was!

So, here we go with this ginormous mum.  I hope his date doesn’t tip over wearing it!

Makala Pollard is a Senior Marketing Specialist for Texas Health Resources and Stepmom to two boys and after a six-year journey of infertility is expecting a daughter in March.

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