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Last Day of Middle SchoolYesterday marked the end of an era.

As of 2:45 p.m., I was finally, officially, irrevocably and irreversibly done with middle school.


If you count Jolly and Miss Jacki (and I do) I have had a child in middle school for thirteen consecutive years.  And if you’ll excuse my gratuitous use of the “F Word” French, that’s a long fucking time to deal with kids going through puberty.  I don’t know how middle school teachers do it, I really don’t – if I had to deal with that many 13-year-olds for that many hours every day, I’d have taken up residence in a padded room long before now.

Because, as Bill Cosby so eloquently stated, those people are BRAIN DAMAGED.

This week has already been stressful enough, but The Young One alternately whining about the time dragging or bouncing off the walls with nervous energy has simply made it worse – even the fish shy away when they see him coming.  But the very last day of middle school finally came, full of pizza parties and water balloon fights and yearbook signings and walking home with friends, and – thankfully – went.

Now the summer stretches before us, but before we know it August will be here and we’ll be going to freshman orientation, also for the last time.  In fact, the new school year will be replete with firsts and lasts, new beginnings and bittersweet farewells.  The end of high school for Miss Jacki, the beginning for The Young One.  The first grandchild.  What could very well be our last holiday gathering with all of our kids in attendance, at least for awhile.

Somebody pass the Geritol, please.  Or at least a bottle of scotch.

And on that note, Beloved and I are taking Miss Jacki and The Young One to Washington D.C. for five fun-filled days.  I’ll be gone from Sunday through Thursday but both Beloved and I will be taking our laptops with us (we take our laptops everywhere), so I’ll try and hop online for a few moments every day to leave a line or two and show off my new photography skills if I can.  I’ll even try to check in with all of my wonderful bloggy friends if at all possible.

Have a lovely weekend, y’all.


stoneskin says:

Congratulations – so now life will be a breeze huh? I’ve heard the teenage years are *ahem* a piece of cake…

Hi Jan! I followed you over here from Vodka Mom’s blog and am so glad I did. Your posts are hilarious. I’m subscribing immediately! Looking forward to reading more of your stuff!

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I guess congrats are in order? Just thinking about all the chaos tires me out! I’m from the DC area and I know you’ll have a great trip – it’s a super city. Hugs!

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Di says:

How funny. I’m going to be in DC next week too. Monday thru Wednesday with girlfriends… Can’t wait to see them, and DC is one of my favorite places.

Hope you enjoy your week there! I’ll be the one with the camera around my neck and a Snappy Finger that’s going click click click.

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More than any birthday, these little landmarks are the things that make me really feel the time passing. Cherish every moment as I know that you are. Have a great time in DC. Another place I’ve never been but it’s on my bucket list.

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Congratulations on surviving! And have a great time in DC!

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I have two more weeks of middle school myself. Oh how I hate middle school. Last night was my last several-hours-long middle school award night. Most boring thing I’ve ever had to suffer thru (multiple times). I hope you have a wonderful trip. I’m quite jealous you’ll be off vacationing while I’m having my body sliced open (again).

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Michele says:

Now to get him through high school without injury. Have fun in Wash. DC. Send pics soon.

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Jane Gaston says:

Bringing over the Geritol AND the scotch!

You have a wonderful time in DC with your family!

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Mike Golch says:

great posting,how long ago it was whe I was finished with Jr.High,I have been finished with High School for (sigh)38 years now.

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Tricia says:

I can’t believe you haven’t completely lost your mind. 13 years of middle school!!! My hat goes off to you a hundred times over.

Congratulations to The Young One for heading off into the wilds of high school and wishing you all a wonderful time in D.C.

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DarlingDaughter says:

I’m so jealous! I wanna go to DC with y’all 🙁

Pseudo says:

Congratualtions Jan! This is huge. Our son will be senior next year. I really don’t want to rush through life, but there are days when I wonder if I’ll (or he’ll)…(or the marriage)will make it to his adulthood. Mine got his hormones late, grew 7 inches the last 18 months, and has been an energy seesaw teh entire time.

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Casey says:

I dread the middle school years, those kids are just jerks! Have a fun trip to DC.

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Monica says:

Sending Jan a LOUD HALLELUJAH!!!! I’m right there with you. My youngest is going to high school next year. I hope you and the young one have a blast this summer.

Hey stoneskin….yep the teenage years are *ahem* a piece of cake… hehe
My oldest has now turned 20 but up until his birthday I had 4 teenagers! *sigh*

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Fantastic! Have a wonderful time . . . ! Can’t wait to see the pics on that new camera!

Rebecca says:


I just got my first one through K. Hmm, long road ahead.

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Big milestone; Congrats!
Enjoy the trip.

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Duchess says:

Well we don’t have middle school in the UK. But we do have a lovely concept that you get national insurance (= social security) credit for every year that you have a child under 16.

Oh yay! That meant I got 27 years! I knew there was a reason I did that.

Later it turned out the most you can claim is 21 years.

Any more is officially unreasonable.

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BE says:

Teenagers? Phew – piece of cake but those TWEENAGERS are gonna be the end of us!

Jason says:

Well a big old congratulations to YOU!

I hope high school goes well….

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Hallelujah, sister! Hey, have a great time in DC. Can’t wait to see your pics.

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Beth says:

Will Vodka do? I bought some Raspberry Vodka that is quite delish in some lemonade. On the other hand, we always have Scotch on hand for the husband. I’m sure he’ll share.

I enjoyed my boys a LOT more once they were in high school.

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SSG says:


13 years for middle school? what about school in general, when will they all be done? Hope you have had a relaxing weekend… Scotch sounds like a good idea…

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Anne Gibert says:

I have been thinking about this post for a few days. I can see why you would be glad to be finished with middle school, except for the fact that now you have to get through high school. High School was tough for my lot, even the relatively well behaved ones. But they all survived, and for the most part are successful people.

Best of luch for the next 4 years!

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Have a super D duper time in Washington DC. I’ve never been – what the hell kind of American am I?

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A Free Man says:

I recently reread Bill Cosby’s “Fatherhood”. I had forgotten how funny he is.

Enjoy your new found freedom.

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