Shannon Stacey

But I refrained from kissing him in the parking lot

The tall kid is officially deposited at the Middle School, also known as Heroin, Knives and Bullies R Us.

I’m okay with it. Really. So my baby has to spend seven hours a day, five days a week in that cesspool. Okay. I didn’t spend all of yesterday on the brink of tears. I didn’t drop him off this morning and then go make squeaky, sobbing noises into the Dunkin Donuts drive-thru speaker. (Tangent—WTF is “thru”? You drive through the parking lot without going in. Drive-through.)

He’s embarking on the hardest, scariest, most confusing years of his life and there’s not. One. Damn. Thing. I can do about it. I’m okay with that, really I am.



I’m not okay. I need chocolate and salt. Hershey’s Kisses with a Pringle chaser.

EDIT: Two hours later:

I just hugged my little sister goodbye. :cry: She’s leaving for college in Florida this afternoon and we won’t see her til Christmas break. :cry:

I already ate the short kid’s chocolate donut. I need more. :cry:

13 comments to “But I refrained from kissing him in the parking lot”

  1. kate r
      · August 30th, 2006 at 10:04 am · Link

    My boys start tomorrow.

  2. kate r
      · August 30th, 2006 at 10:05 am · Link

    you could homeschool.:lmao::lmao::lmao::rant::whip:

  3. kate r
      · August 30th, 2006 at 10:06 am · Link

    whoops, I gave you one kid too many in the portrait of homeschooling parents and kids. Okay, so that would be my family then.

  4. Jaci Burton
      · August 30th, 2006 at 10:41 am · Link


  5. Jaci Burton
      · August 30th, 2006 at 10:43 am · Link

    well fine. since it only posted the coffee cup portion.

    what I REALLY said was…

    the coffee is laced with Valium

    honest…he’ll be fine. Despite your fears, he will survive and thrive. Now buck it up, Mom. :whip:

    When he’s Prom King his senior year of high school you’ll look back on this and laugh at how you worried for nothing. :woot:

  6. Maya
      · August 30th, 2006 at 12:03 pm · Link

    Awww poor Shan. Look on the bright side. Think of the peace and quiet and serenity.

  7. Charli
      · August 30th, 2006 at 1:06 pm · Link

    Donuts make everything better. :nod:

  8. Heather Rae Scott
      · August 30th, 2006 at 1:16 pm · Link

    Shannon, just think, you could be sending both of your babies into a cesspool of hell. The big boy is going into High School which makes me feel so old. I’ve watched the heathen insane clown posse people that attend his school skate board by. :baby:

    With Kay, this is such a social thing. Going into middle school and being seperated from her safe little clique of fifth grade girls is traumatic for her. We’re dealing with the what if? What if Susie still thinks I’m a baby because she has boobs and her period and I don’t. :hide: Who said I want her to get boobs and a period? :cry:

    Must. Get. Chocolate.


  9. Natalie J. Damschroder
      · August 30th, 2006 at 2:30 pm · Link

    I think Shannon realizes this is ALL HER and her son is fine. In fact, I suspect half her need for Hershey’s kisses and Pringles is the realization that he’ll come home psyched after his day of grown-up school, and her jangled nerves will be meaningless.:nod:

  10. Karen Templeton
      · August 30th, 2006 at 4:12 pm · Link

    Shan — go read my blog.

    He’ll be fine, you’ll be fine, all God’s chillens be fine. Promise.

    Of course, it’s been three weeks since they started school here, so I can say this. :roll:

  11. Shannon
      · August 30th, 2006 at 9:36 pm · Link

    Well, the school nurse didn’t call until 11:30. :lmao:

    Apparently he was eating a gummi and lost a tooth. The nurse was convinced his new tooth pushed it out, he was convinced it was broken. The nurse won and he was shuffled back to class. He also managed to get a rather nasty paper cut. :roll:

    But he had a good day, and I can breathe again…for now.

  12. Anna Lucia
      · August 31st, 2006 at 2:53 am · Link

    ((((Shannon)))) They may be tough years, but they’re the making of all of us. I’m sure and certain Tall Kid will continue to go from good thing to good thing – how could he not with parents like you guys?

    BTW, I hadn’t seen your cover yet. WOW. Freaking fantastic.

  13. Lori
      · September 1st, 2006 at 12:15 pm · Link

    Shannon – I totally relate – my oldest went off to middle school this year as well. We had the option to keep him in elem. for 6th and grabbed it, so he’s going off to middle school in 7th grade, full of attitude and confidence.

    Did you get the same speech at orientation that we did? “Now’s the time to tighten the screws.” “Yes, we have drugs on campus, so don’t let your kids have too much privacy.” :wtf: :cursin::censor:

    My little :angel::baby: would never do anything like that, right? :hide:

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