The Last School Excuse


Ross asked me to write him a note to excuse him from school at noon yesterday. It was the last day of school for seniors. They weren’t going to be doing anything in the afternoon. Finals would be over. Seniors are already getting out two weeks early, but even those last few hours were too much to bear. He’s eager to be out of high school–forever. He asked me to write a note giving him permission to leave at noon. I wrote the note then burst into tears when I realized it was the last excuse note I’d ever write for him….. Eighteen and out of high school. He’ll have to excuse himself from now on. Is it too late to start over with kindergarten?


  1. Samantha Sullivan says:

    It’s too late now, you’ve got a man. But buck up, they are a nice addition to a mothers life, mine is 24. And they really love their mommy’s. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Chris says:

    I had three graduate on the same day, same school. Talk about a gaping void. (girl boy twins and another boy I picked up along the way)

  3. Cheryl says:

    Awwww. One of those bittersweet moments in life! When they are in kindergarten you imagine their high school graduation but when it comes..WOW.
    Do you remember that old, old song by Jim Croce “Time in a Bottle”? Only once my kids were grown did that song have meaning for me. Now I blubber like a baby when it comes on the oldies station.
    Enjoy him and cherish your memories!!

  4. The Jillybean says:

    I feel your pain. Ohhh I sooo feel your pain. I curl up in a little ball every night and wail because I just cannot understand for the life of me where these 18 years went. Where did that little girl I have go to. I just didn’t expect her to be a young lady so soon.

  5. Laura says:

    He is one handsome 18 year old! This from an old lady with a 27 year old daughter who was just in kindergarten yesterday…

  6. Snapper says:

    Oh my, that is sad!

  7. monica says:

    ๐Ÿ˜€ He is be a fine young man now. You did well Suzanne! :pawprint:

  8. Sandy says:

    Does that not tear at your heart. Two of mine have graduated and I have one yet to go. I cried like a baby by son’s entire senior year. I think the hardest was his last trip around his beloved football field.

  9. Sandy says:

    Oh.and I love his shirt…..Alabama ROCKS!!!! even after all of these years.

  10. Diane says:

    What a nice looking man he is. I really like the addition of the pb%j sandwich in his hand. ๐Ÿ™‚ I work in the cafteria at the high school. I get tears every year when the seniors leave. This year was hard because these are the kids I knew since they came to the jr high. I have a 14 going on 15 year old who is eager to grow up. I am not ready for it yet. But we are working on it slowly. I think I might be crying at her graduation. Or jumping for joy. lol.

  11. IowaDeb says:

    You’ll just start crying again if he was start all over with kindergarten! It is time to pat yourself on the back for a job well done Suzanne even if it seems time when by so quickly.

  12. Mim says:

    You cry when they start school and you cry when they get out of school…might as well carry tissues because you will cry at every other big event in their lives too…such as getting married, having kids of their own (grandkids) etc…. Buy stock in Kleenex and save some money…. gave a good one.. :ladybug:

  13. Mental P Mama says:

    My Senior twins are in their last days, too. I am crying big tears right along with you.

  14. MissyinWV says:

    Oh my goodness! I completely understand.. My daughter graduates on June 2nd and yesterday was her last day of school too. It is sooo sad, crazy, happy….totally bittersweet.

  15. Ulli says:

    Is that a peanut butter and jelly sandwich I see in that 18 year old man’s hand?? How cute!

  16. shirley says:

    Three things went through my mind when I looked at this pic:
    1)What a handsome young man
    2)How lucky for his teacher to have your autograph
    3)Is that PB&J on GRANDMOTHER BREAD?
    I got so hungry I went & whipped me up a batch! :chef:

  17. Terri says:

    Hmmmm…..Picturing him with next fall’s kindergarteners. (giggle). He would look a little out of place. My son will be a junior next year and has gotten accepted to our state’s school of math and science (he’s smart), but it is a boarding school. So he is going to be basically moving out two years early. I am excited for him but sad for me.

  18. Nancy in Atlanta says:

    Congratulations, Ross – don’t make your momma cry!!! Your kids are exceptional – they not only grow up fine, but along the way they are self-assured enough to let you take these photos!!!

  19. Heidi533 says:

    Awww. *sniff* They grow up to fast, don’t they?

  20. Fannie M Wiggins says:

    I cried when mine started kindergarden and when they graduated. Let’s not count the times between those two events. My daughter’s graduation was especially hard as she lost her Father the year before. So I cried enough for both of us. Ross is a very good-looking young man. You should be proud of the job you have done with him (all of them). :happyfeet: Enjoy Memorial Day week-end and :hug: to all.

  21. KentuckyFarmGirl says:

    My oldest is starting kindergarten this year! Ross can go with him and take care of him for me! They could even share that PB&J!

  22. Myrna Mackenzie says:

    Suzanne, I feel your pain. My oldest graduated from college last week and he just got a job…in D.C. (we live in Chicago). I’m proud of him and happy he found work, but this moving away is going to take some getting used to (and a lot of Kleenex). Wasn’t he riding around the block on his Big Wheel just yesterday?

  23. Treasia says:

    My Princess just graduated high school this past Thursday night. I have yet to cry. :yes: I guess maybe it’s because she is not going anywhere yet because she is driving to and from college and staying here. Now when college is over and she leaves home, I’ll be crying :hissyfit: my eyes out for sure.

    Even if we would like to think about going back, I bet once there we’d be saying the same things as before “God I can’t wait till you graduate”. ๐Ÿ˜†

  24. Fran says:

    Nope, you just have to keep moving onward. I just had my baby graduate from college – all three are done with school now! At least for now – several keep threatening to go back to grad school!

  25. Tobey says:

    Awww…good job raising a responsible young man that asked for an excuse instead of just skipping school.

    My burning question – what did you say???

  26. Sue says:

    Suzzanne I know how you feel

  27. Susan says:

    They have this habit of growing up to fast! :hissyfit:

  28. Bev says:

    Seriously, I can not imagine. My baby started kindergarten this year and I bawled my eyes out!!!!

  29. Estella says:

    To me, the first one was the hardest to believe! After that, each one got a little easier.

  30. Catherine says:

    There, there, Suzanne. Sandwich in hand, he’s looking at his mommy in the picture and you can tell he thinks you’re a hoot. What could be better? How well you’ve done! We’re packing to move and I just found my now 10 yo’s kindergarten pic and remembered surprising myself by sobbing my way down the hallway as I had to leave him that first day. How lucky we are!!

  31. wendy says:

    Golly, that is sweet! Congratulations! My little guy is in Kindergarten this year…

    but my oldest thinks I should start letting her drive this summer. I’m not sure if I’m ready to let that happen just yet

    ps I kept that oldest home from school Friday morning so she could see her little bro and sisters in a big Hawaiian performance thingy (which I blogged about -shameless self promotion.) I’m not sure if that was an excused absence… She was dying to get back to school so she could have lunch with her friends – hurry up mom, it’s lunch time!

  32. Emily B says:

    Though, it does look like he’s not too old for his mommy to make him a sandwich :eating: :hungry: :heart:

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