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Monday, May 31, 2010

Milestones: I'm Not Mushy....

I never really cried at milestones in my life.

High school graduation? Please, get me out of there.

College graduation? I was more interested in getting one last glimpse at the boy I had a huge crush on.

My wedding? Nope, that was Hubs. Really hard, too. If you haven't read that story and want a laugh, you can find it HERE.

I've always thought of these events as more of a beginning than an end. The mark that means that something new and exciting is about to begin: I looked forward and not back.

I laugh and smile during these times, not cry.

Monkey, my oldest, had his preschool graduation last Friday.

A lot of his buddies had their preschool graduations last year or even the year before. He's been the baby of his group of friends, not that you can tell it otherwise, except for what grade the kids are in.

And the moms talked about how they cried. And, being the extra-supportive friend I am, I rolled my eyes. But, not to their faces at least.

Preschool graduation means my oldest is moving on into the world of kindergarten. Full-day kindergarten. New friends and new challenges. It's exciting.

But, then, his preschool teacher had to go and set the slide show at graduation to the song "Let Them Be Little."

Please, let them be little,

'Cause they're only that way for a while.
Give them hope, give them praise,
Give them love every day.
Let 'em cry, let 'em giggle,
Let 'em sleep in the middle,
Oh, but let them be little.

I couldn't help it. I turned into a big pile of mushy mom and cried. Because, you see, I didn't let him be little....but that's a story for Pour Your Heart Out this week.

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Blogger BNM said...

awwww I dont usually cry at things either but let them add some pictures & a symbolic song & Im in tears lol

May 31, 2010 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger Babes Mami said...

I used to be a non crier. I wasn't very emotional and rolled my eyes and laughed at people who cried at everything but since having Babe I tear up at things a lot and some things make me bawl. It's so wierd!

Can't wait to read that Pour Your Heart Out!

May 31, 2010 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

And you've crossed yet another "MOMMY" milestone! I suspect you may be being a bit hard on yourself, but I'll wait to read your Pour Your Heart Out! {{{{HUGS}}}} Mamma!

May 31, 2010 at 9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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May 31, 2010 at 9:54 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

I would be the same way...
I was happy and had tears when my little one had her first BM in the potty..

May 31, 2010 at 9:56 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Have a great day..

May 31, 2010 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Foursons said...

I cried at my college graduation. It took me 7 years to graduate, I think it was relief.

May 31, 2010 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger Froggylady said...

I'm the opposite. I cry at everything, but it's not always sadness, just overwhelming emotions.

Sometimes I forget that Madelyn is little. She is so independant it's hard to remember just how much she needs me sometimes.

May 31, 2010 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Awwwwww... I'm more of a random crier, myself. I can never really predict when the water show will start :)

May 31, 2010 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger Corinne said...

I cry at everything.. I love to cry.

May 31, 2010 at 10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I distinctly remind my preschool graduation. On our way there, my mom started crying and I looked at her exasperated and said "Mom...it's not like I'm going to college!"

Clearly I had an attitude when I was younger :)

May 31, 2010 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Katie's Dailies said...

Oh Lord, you should see me on the first day of school. And at the kids tae kwon do belt ceremonies. And at their concerts.

Shoot, I even cry at really sad commercials!

I'm just a big tear fest!

May 31, 2010 at 10:49 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

I'm a noncrier and this is the second post today that's brought the tears close to the surface. Someday I hope I can finally let them fall.

Oh, the places he will go...

May 31, 2010 at 10:55 AM  
Blogger Dee said...

I'd say it gets easier....but it doesn't/ :)

May 31, 2010 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

AWww - that brought a few tears to my eyes - such a great song! :) He's still little!

May 31, 2010 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I had one of those moments yesterday, when I looked back at mistakes I'd made with my first-born. I didn't let him transition into making decisions on his own before he left for University...not any biggies anyway. My only consolation is that we can't do it all perfectly or we wouldn't be human. You (and I) did other things very well, and we will continue to do good and not so good things as we continue on the journey of Motherhood. Keep your chin up. Today is a new day. Rosemary

May 31, 2010 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger Evonne said...

I'm not usually a crier at those types of events either. When Little Dude goes to Kindergarten in the fall, I already know I'll be a big ball of mush.

May 31, 2010 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger Oka said...

Yep, that song will turn any mom to mush. (((SHELL)))

May 31, 2010 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger Katina said...

Well well, we are truly sistas from different mothers! I am not a big cryer either and sometimes feel awkward when everyone else is crying! However, throw on some music and flash photos of my girlies growing up--all mush!

May 31, 2010 at 11:38 AM  
Blogger Jeanette said...

I'm not a crier either. I've always loved each stage that my kids are in and never mourn the loss of the past stages, but now with my oldest getting ready to leave the nest (I mean really, really leave the nest. For two whole years) I'm thinking the water works will definitely be coming.

May 31, 2010 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger Cielo Azul Jewelry said...

My friends use to call me "heart of stone", just 'cause I didn't cry during The Titanic. I'm like you....ready to move on and move forward. Kids change all that. It's funny, but the things they say and how you react is different now. Just reading the words to the slide show made me get teary eyed, AY YAY YAY.

Have a great day,

May 31, 2010 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Frugal Vicki said...

Aww, I cried reading your post, so I am double mushy! I love that song, I made a "first five years" DVD of our family and included it. Gets me mushy every time!

May 31, 2010 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Tylaine said...

Yep woulda cried at that one too. My son just had his year end western show and they sang "Mama don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys" Brought tears to my eyes. Can't believe he'll be in gr.1 this fall! Having kids definately has a way of loosening those tear ducts! :)

May 31, 2010 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger Jules AF said...

I'm not a crier either. I'm more like, "get me oouuut of heereee"

May 31, 2010 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger Adoption of Jane said...

Get your cry on girl... this is just the first of many!! Kids milestones just grab our heartstrings! Congrats to your lil' Grad!

May 31, 2010 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger Daisygirl said...

Ya I would of cried to if they played that song...actually I would have probably kept my kindergartner home another year if they had played that song....
our babies grow up to dang fast and I think I understand what you are saying about not letting them be little...wish I had kept Bella my baby a little bit longer but sadly her brothers came along...its alright though that is what being the oldest is all about right?
Hope you have a great Monday!

May 31, 2010 at 1:04 PM  
Blogger Lourie said...

I never used to be a crying type, but after three kids my emotions are always right at the surface. My oldest will even say, "Mom, you're not going to cry are you??" haha. I have gotten a little better, but for stuff like graduations and milestones..I probably will still be a puddle. Here's a tissue.

May 31, 2010 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger Yankee Girl said...

There will probably be a million more of these times! But moms do that, or so I hear.

May 31, 2010 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger Tracie said...

They played that song at both of my boys' preschool graduations with the picture slideshow, too. Good thing I had on waterproof mascara both times.

May 31, 2010 at 1:21 PM  
Blogger Expats Again said...

Don't know the reason you didn't let him be little, but it is NEVER too late, and after all, he's just a little guy now--soon to be a BIG guy, very soon.

May 31, 2010 at 1:24 PM  
Blogger Queenie Jeannie said...

All Moms cry at these things! We can't help ourselves.

May 31, 2010 at 1:53 PM  
Blogger CA Heaven said...

Enjoy the easy years in kindergarden and elementary school. It's more challenging with teenagers, when the summer vacation is a two-month BBQ party, and they come home at 2am every night. I always stay up till he comes in; it has a preventive effect >:)

Cold As Heaven

May 31, 2010 at 1:56 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I would have been a big blubbery mess myself and I am NOT like that when it comes to that kind of business either :)
I want my babies to stay little forever... unfortunately... not happening :(

May 31, 2010 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

I am also not a cryer, but I think that song might've done me in, too.

May 31, 2010 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am a cryer. The song though makes me mushy everytime I hear it.

May 31, 2010 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger Debby@Just Breathe said...

I remember reading the wedding story ~ so funny! I wasn't one to cry but get me into a childrens program and the flood gates open up! Hope your having a wonderful day.

May 31, 2010 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger Liz Mays said...

Graduations at any age bring me to tears. I don't blame you!

May 31, 2010 at 3:19 PM  
Blogger Lift Like A Mom said...

Oh, girl. Hand me the box of Kleenex b/c I would have been balling!

May 31, 2010 at 3:36 PM  
Blogger One Photo said...

Hi Shell - as you know I shed tears on the last day of my three year old daughter's first year at preschool so am anticipating being a blubbering mess when she actually graduates from there two years from now! Before I became a mother I never cried but now the waterworks are permanently turned on and every single special moment or event will set me off. So you are not alone, I think it just goes with the territory.

The poem is just beautiful too, and would bring a tear to the most hardened of eyes :-)

May 31, 2010 at 3:41 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

So sweet...I think you're officially mushy! Have fun with that!

May 31, 2010 at 3:43 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am such a crier and will look forward to your Pour Your Heart Out post this week!!!

May 31, 2010 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

i totally cry at everything...i am horrible...will starts preschool this year and i know i will be emotional!

May 31, 2010 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I'm the Mama who always has extra kleenex. I could have helped you out!

May 31, 2010 at 5:28 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

It's alright to cry mom! I am the same way...can't wait to read your PYHO post.

Hope you have had a great weekend. I am bushed...you have to read my post to understand. I will be in bed early tonight!

May 31, 2010 at 6:22 PM  
Blogger Tiffany said...

Awwwww. It's ok to be a crying, mushy momma. I think that song would have brought on water works with the best of us.
Can't wait to read your PYHO! Have a great rest of the day!

May 31, 2010 at 6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would have bawled my eyes out. I am a big ol' mushy crier. I remember Ryan's first day of kindergarten, I cried just about all day.

May 31, 2010 at 7:15 PM  
Blogger Nikki said...

It's so ok to cry!!! I do it all the time!!! LOL!! I'll probably cry when Mia goes potty in the potty chair for the first time!!! Preschool graduation is a HUGE deal!!
Congrats to the little one!!!

May 31, 2010 at 8:09 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

I can totally relate. I pushed my oldest to grow up so fast and now he is going to be six and I just wish time out slow down.

May 31, 2010 at 8:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awe, this is making -me- mushy now. (Sophie's turning one this coming month.) Eep. :(

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May 31, 2010 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Aww you made me cry! Can't wait to read that post.
I've been crying a lot lately,my pastors wife ask me to speak at Nikki's shower and every time I think
about what to say I start crying....like I'm gonna get thru that speech dry eyed.

I don't even know what to say! Waaaaa

May 31, 2010 at 8:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


It is a little emotional (but a happy emotional) having your own children go through these milestones!

May 31, 2010 at 8:56 PM  
Blogger Sarah at The Stroller Ballet said...

Oh that made me cry! (BTW - my husband cried big buckets at our wedding, too. And at every other major life event!)

May 31, 2010 at 9:01 PM  
Blogger Brenda Susan said...

Anything involving the kids will do that to you. It's way more momentous than when the ceremonies were for yourself because like you said, you were too happy about the next step.
Keep crying, it helps.

May 31, 2010 at 9:24 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

I'm not a crier either (that's hubby's department), but when I was trying to find songs for my birthday video montage for Baby Bub, he had me listen to that song and I bawled my eyes out... and I don't even like country music! ;)

May 31, 2010 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Pretty sure I would be a sobbing mess, too!

And kindergarten?! Already??


May 31, 2010 at 10:04 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

awww. Two of my cousins' children graduated from preschool last weekend. It was so emotional for them. It was like it was confirmation that their babies were no longer babies. :[

May 31, 2010 at 10:29 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Shell, it's songs that me cry! I didn't cry at my wedding either, but if I listen to our wedding CD (our wedding favors for people) and I hear the song that I walked down the aisle to, oh tears are a flowin!

There's something about music that just kills me!

May 31, 2010 at 10:54 PM  
Blogger Shannon K. said...

Can't wait to read the story! I love that song. I think about it whenever I am irritated by something or other they are doing. Helps to remind me that this time doesn't last for long.

May 31, 2010 at 11:07 PM  
Blogger TheFitHousewife said...

Awww...just reading those words made me tear up! I was saying to my hubby yesterday that I can't believe our oldest will be 5 next year! WOW...where did the time go? There are so many days that I want him to grow up, but now that he is, I want him to stop!!

May 31, 2010 at 11:19 PM  
Blogger Cheeseboy said...


Although I wish we had full day kindergarten here.

May 31, 2010 at 11:42 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

I am absolutely dreading sending my son to the first day of preschool, so I can't even imagine the last day! Such a sweet story :)

June 1, 2010 at 1:19 AM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

I am pretty much *mostly* like you when it comes to milestones -- but for some reason I cried at the girls' last days of school, and they are not making big moves next year! They *did* have amazing teachers, and I just pray that they continue to!! It makes such a difference!

June 1, 2010 at 1:50 AM  
Blogger Robyn Lee said...

AWwwww!!! I hear ya!! TT had her preschool graduation last week too. I didn't cry though, but it was sad! I think secretly I'm ok because I know I still have my baby to look forward to these things with... if that makes sense at all. Our little darlings............ They need to slow down!

June 1, 2010 at 3:05 AM  
Blogger Kat @ www.TodaysCliche.com said...

Those flippin' songs throw me over the edge every time. WHy do they do that (i secretly like letting the emotions out from time to time, though).

Meanwhile, LOVE LOVE LOVE that you rolled your eyes at your friends. I SOOO would have done that, too.

I'm sooo like you... so ready to move on; almost always. So true about HS / College / Wedding.

June 1, 2010 at 7:47 AM  
Blogger Kmama said...

That song is a major tear-jerker. I set Buddy's first birthday photo slideshow to that song and EVERYONE at our party cried. LOL

I'm so glad we don't do preschool or Kindergarten graduation. I would be a mess!!

June 1, 2010 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Aaaww - I have never heard that song but the lyrics are precious and so very true. Sorry, I am that mom that is crying at everything and I think it is okay to do that every once in awhile :)

June 1, 2010 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger Tami G said...

girl....that song gets me EVERY time. I don't feel my baby got to "be little" either. It's always been just me and him, so he always been momma's little helper.
NO WONDER he hates to clean his room now! HA!

June 1, 2010 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger Baby Sweetness said...

Oh my God, my baby is 15 months old and I wasn't even AT the graduation. I just read the damn lyrics and nearly cried on my keyboard.

God help me.

June 1, 2010 at 3:54 PM  
Blogger Baby Sweetness said...

PS - I don't think I was a crier till I had kids. Looks like my hormones got stuck in this position. pssssshhhwwww!

June 1, 2010 at 3:54 PM  
Blogger Lothiriel said...

I was never a crier or someone who got all mushy...then, I became a mom and everything makes me cry!!!

June 1, 2010 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger Holly Lefevre said...

There is something so sweet and innocent about preschool and that poem makes me cry too.

June 1, 2010 at 6:08 PM  

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