Friday, December 19, 2014

“I don’t think Rachel will reca-nize me. This is like the nicest I ever been, right?” Caleb asked as we entered the 50-year-old gymnasium of his school and mine with his necktie and sports jacket. He was the crown-bearer half of the Kindergarten representatives for Homecoming 2014, and Rachel, his buddy from class, was the flower-girl half. With his new moppy-but-trim haircut, he did not mind one bit dressing up for an occasion he did not understand and was excited to feel a little bit special. I asked him what was his favorite thing about being in Homecoming, and he said, “Well, I liked what they did at it, and I liked that they picked me to do it.”


Eli had chemo today. Just getting the Avastin and TMZ. The Irinotecan has been cut to just the mid-cycle infusion for now. His ANC was good, but he is borderline with his platelets and
 hemoglobin. And, we only go down from here. Say a prayer that we stay well. I see so many reports of sickness right now, it was really hurt him to get sick. And, I can’t tell if Abbey is getting any better from her poison ivy coverage or not. She will at least leave the house, but she still looks really bad, and she has said that her vision is a little blurry. Please, please, don’t let anything happen to that one eye that works!

I think Caleb behaved during the ceremony, I didn’t see him the whole time. The school recognized 50-years of Homecoming Queens, and I, as always, am proud to represent the 86-87 class, so I was on the court during the ceremony. He finally caught sight of me as he stood in place, so when I saw the pillow begin to droop during the ceremony, I was able to motion for him to hold it up. The “old queens” were dismissed after the queen was announced, so after she and her court took the stage, I was finally able to take pictures and see him. As far as I could tell, he stood mostly still for all the picture-taking of the Queen’s Court, and held a plastered smile for most of it. He had several fans in the audience, too, that came to see him, including my sister, and our “life-manager” Melissa, and two of his former pre-school teachers. So, he knew it was a big deal.

Twenty-eight of the 50 past queens came and it seemed to be a pretty good spread over the 50 years. I only recognized one of the ladies above the 98 class, I think it was, and that was because she was the
 daughter of a friend, so I am pretty far into that 50 years. But, I do remember we invited “old queens” when I was in high school, either the year I was a member of the student council or when I was one of the junior homecoming representatives, but can’t remember why that year was significant.  Anyhoo … I love team, and I love any fun, commonality that binds people together. If someone said, “hey, we are going to get together all the people that like red.” I’d stand up and start waving my hand, “hey, hey, I like red, I like red.” Then if someone else stood up and said, “hey, we are going to get together all the people that like purple.” I’d stand up and start waving my hand, “hey, hey, I like purple, I like purple.” Anything fun that is distracting from the things I should be doing, I am all in. So, some of us had fun building up the event and talking about it together. I tried desperately to push for a

Nevertheless, Cal was a doll tonight, and I hope he will learn to have school spirit and will always enjoy participating and being involved with things.
choreographed flash mob to “She’s a Brick House,” but did not have time to sell it properly and not enough queens bought it in time to prepare. I was lamenting the short notice of the event that left an inadequate amount of time for me to lose 40 pounds. If they are going to put a 45-year-old woman on center-court, they need to give a girl more than 10 days. I at least got my hair cut, and I tried a full-body spanx two sizes too small. But, spanx does’t make the fat go away, it just pushes it along the path of least resistance. As long as that path is perky and supported by the wire I wore special for the occasion, I’m fine with that. The school did a fun movie trailer to promote the event for which I helped write the script, and I enjoyed reminiscing with the other queens tonight that I hadn’t seen in a while. I have great memories of school, all because of my friends. I was certainly not a good student academically,
and often thought how in the way all the book-learning was. I went for the lunch period and P.E., all the other class periods were just irritants and noise. But, I did what I had to do to be able to be in all the clubs and teams that I could. Abbey is so much like that, but she has better academic potential than I did, so I hope that we can keep her engaged long enough for her to discover a love for learning and achieving. Right now, she loves to go to school because she sees her friends, and only maintains the minimum of what we expect of her to keep digital media privileges. So, I feel her pain.

Nevertheless, Cal was a doll tonight, and I hope he will learn to have school spirit and will always enjoy participating and being involved with things.

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