Kelsey, my high school graduate was busy with senior activities, graduation practice and preparing to go to France. Madison, my high school sophomore was preparing for finals and her dance recital.
Emotionally I was good, a little stressed at all the work I had to get done for the graduation party on Saturday...nothing I couldn't handle...until I get a call from my sophomore daughter from school crying that she just got beat up. I dropped everything and rushed to her school, where I was told by the assistant principal that he would take care of it tomorrow...TOMORROW, UNACCEPTABLE, tomorrow was the last day of school. I looked at my daughter with ice on her eye and a bruise forming above and below her eye, and tears welled in my eyes. I had to do something to protect my baby.
Emotionally I calmed down, got the assistant principal to take me seriously and finally got the sheriff involved. I watched my baby visibly shake with fear as the girl and her mother walked into the office, emotionally I was steady, I assured my baby that I would take care of everything. I sat there having to decide if I wanted this bully to be arrested, right then and there. I decided to have a school restraining order put against her and told the sheriff, the bully, and the bully's mom that if ANYTHING happens again, verbally or physically, I WILL HAVE HER ARRESTED!
Emotionally, I was strong, my baby was happy and once again felt safe.
The next day, graduation, emotionally I was good. Watching Kelsey sitting in the front row, with more medals and medallions than any other student. Graduating with high honors, something I could never have done. Her good friend finally got up to give the last speech. He talked about the person he has become because of all his friends, and how the school and these friends helped shape and form and mold the person he is today. I looked at my daughter up on stage, this beautiful, smart, talented girl and tears welled in my eyes and I just thought how amazing she is. Emotionally, a bit unsteady...
I got back on track emotionally...until I got home from graduation and my little puppy was SICK...white tongue, panting, dry nose...you name it. I scooped her up (with a house full of people) and drove her to the vet. Thankfully she was fine once I got her home!
Emotions steady and on track...check!
24 hours later I was sitting in a crowded auditorium watching Madison (with her black eye) dance on stage in front of these people, steady as a rock. Emotional tears welled in my eyes as she gracefully moved in rhythm to the music. This girl who for all her childhood never wanted a picture taken, would never draw attention to herself and always got embarrassed, was ON STAGE...smiling, happy and amazing! Emotionally, a bit unsteady...
Graduation party, emotionally happy!
By Sunday night I was EMOTIONALLY drained! I went to be at 7pm and woke up at 7:30am. A night of sleep I so needed!
Today I am emotionally rejuvenated! I am ready to head into summer and have the best summer ever, with the two most amazing kids I have ever met.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, it was the therapy I needed!