Friday, May 30, 2008

Portrait of Modern Parents

Scene: Last night; middle school cafeteria; crowded; rows of folding chairs filled with lots of parents with cameras; chairs and podium on the stage.

I'm sitting on a aisle seat so I can get up quickly to take pictures when I need to. I don't know where Dan is sitting.

The orchestra sounds better than I expected.

My cell phone rings and I put my earbud in and took the call.

I enjoy three selections by the 7th grade band.

The Rest of the Story:

I'm at Tasker Middle for the 8th grade awards ceremony, Dan's at Ogle Middle at Fern's spring band concert. Both started at 7:00 pm. Kevin sat with the students on the front row. From where I was sitting I could see a little of him and he seemed well behaved. He got called up to the stage four times for awards in "most improved in science," "academic excellence in math and reading," "academic excellence with a 4.0 gpa," and perfect attendance. Each time he went up with little or no prompting, accepted his certificate, and shook hands with the administrators and returned to his seat like a pro. Dan calls me when the 7th graders take the stage so I can hear Fern play. Shortly after she was done I lost reception so I couldn't return the favor and Dan couldn't hear Kevin's name for his 4.0 gpa. I did take pictures, however. But I can't post them because the camera battery is on the charger at home. Doh.


Firefly Nights said...

Glad Kevin had such a good year in school.

iamnot said...

Sounds like a banner day to me.
4.0! Way to go Kevin.

Anne said...

That's 4.0 for 7 or more quarters

just me said...

awesome! K will kick butt at BHS next year :)

AM Kingsfield said...

A techno-parent can be two places at once!

Carmi said...

Your pride comes shining through in every word. I loved this post, Anne, especially your description of how you used technology to be in two places at once. Good on ya!

Nice to meet another spammer :) I have no idea what's driving it, but I had already been wondering what the end game of posting comments online on weekends was. It was a fun way to meet new folks and connect myself to interesting bloggers. Mission accomplished: we can - and do - now visit each other directly. The slowly declining numbers of visitors to the M&G suggests I'm not alone in this conclusion.

I'll visit you with or without Michele's prompting!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

That's a good year for Kevin!

Michele sent me here.

Lorraine said...

I think that's bloody brilliant of you. And good on the kids.

greeny said...

I hope he is proud of himself! I know you guys are.