Thursday, May 26, 2005

Slip Sliding Away

"The nearer your destination, the more you're slip slidin' away"...Paul Simon

     Today was the last day of High School for my youngest son. His graduation is this Sunday. For the first time in 20 years.....I no longer have a son attending a Public School.  Reluctantly, I am being  "asked" to hand in my resignation on several roles this connection  to Public School afforded me.

I must now resign from the following: 

The making of a lunch....an art which gave me deep gratification each and every morning....using two slices of bread as my canvas, painting colorful layers of sliced meats and greens...the packing of  assorted treats...   It was my secret way of  sneaking a liitle of my love into his day.

Being a stand in Lecturer on subjects ranging from "The catcher In The Rye", The Viet-Nam War, all of our Presidents, the economy of Mynabar, to........ How to embellish a paper titled "My Most embarrassing Moment," (only a minscule sampling here)

having to ask to see his report card....(and not show too much enthusiasm..:)   )

Waking him up in the morning......trying to infuse calm while disrupting him from his sleep.

Coming up with a Haiku poem.....a closing paragraph for his term paper....at 11:45 P.M.!

Driving him to school...(although he had his own car for the past year) ..I will miss escorting him at 7 A.M.  through traffic....sharing the morning news that filtered out on the radio....

from asking him as he is dashing out of the house...."have your homework?"....

........I have enjoyed every minute of this role for the past twenty years.....sadly, I must now resign......and while there is great Joy in reaching this particular destination, I am compelled to muse .....

"God only knows / God makes his plan

the information is unavailable to the mortal man

we work our jobs / collect our pay

Believe we're glidin' down the highway

when in fact

we're slip slidin' away.

Slip slidin' away / Slip slidin away

the nearer your destination

the more you're slip slidin' away." -----------    Paul Simon

13 comments:

my78novata said...

Ah I know what you are feeling with Rachael graduating and us homeschooling you can immagine  have not only lost my parental roles you listed but I also have lost my JOB> im no longer teaching. Its very depressing for me. I sure dont like this stage of life. !!!!!!!!!!!

karebear4x4 said...

Congratulations Proud Papa!  You did it!  You raised your children beautifully.  a job well done...beautiful entry~kbear

tschamberland said...

Congrats.  Those memories will be forever there, waiting to be recalled in moments of solitude and to gently chide through way of the next generation.  Think of telling your grandchildren of these and more and the groan and eye rolling your son will ultimatley give.  All the while reveling in the fact that you remember so well.

Tammy

robinngabster said...

This must be one of the most beautiful entries I have read...you are truly amazing. How proud your son must be to call you Dad.  xoxo Robin

robinngabster said...

P.S.  Can I get one of those sandwiches...to go, please?

babyshark28 said...

::sigh::
your making me miss my girl, and she's only going into 7th grade.
but, your right. it slips by so fast.....

congrats to your son. :)

fitzzer said...

How bittersweet. Onto a whole new chapter in life. Think of the possibilities that lay before you! ~ Lori

jtuwliens said...

Marc...  Congratulations for 20 years of service to "The Family and Public School Corporation."  You ran it well during your tenure; it was an efficient and prosperous corporation, even during the development phases and the always challenging customer service expansions.  You are admired for not giving up and not giving in.

Retirement from "The Family and Public School Corporation" will certainly give you time to develop those new skills and hobbies you always dreamed about.

Congratulations for a job well done!  (YEAH!!!!)
Judith
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gardenmantis said...

I have four more years with my daughter before she graduates High School. I hope that I will hold on to the outlook that it will just be a whole different adventure for us.
Mary

lorimbrn27 said...

Congrats on a job well done.....now hopefully all that High School Homework will have you ready be on standby for assist with college all nighters if needed.... :D.

hohumlala said...

My daughter is only 8 and as I read your entry I am already weepy, I want her to grow but I want her to stay just where she is for a while longer. the more I wish for the moment to stay the faster it goes........

:) Cristy

redsrows said...

I definitly can relate. I still have two in school. I cannot believe how early they have them  go to school. I have to be up at 6:30 every morning. I  know you will miss all this , but take my word for it , it never ends. I call the young adults of today the boomerang kids. You let them go and they keep coming back!!

gdireneoe said...

This is one of my most favourite songs ever.  Marc... ;)  C.  http://journals.aol.com/gdireneoe/thedailies