Thursday, August 5, 2010
Close to Nowhere
School bells are ringing
Meredith, our oldest granddaughter, came home from her favorite place in the entire world Saturday, July 31. This year, she spent two weeks at Camp Lake Stephens, the Methodist church camp just outside Oxford. I don’t think she missed us at all!
She came home looking taller even. She did hug her mom when we picked her up, but it was embarrassing. And when I wanted a hug, well! Just like when Dana and Kris were teenagers though, she did allow me to buy her a camp T-shirt.
When Kris was a teenager, I wasn’t allowed to speak to him if we were out shopping where any of his friends might be -- he could ask me for money though...
Remy, the “baby” came home from visiting my niece and great-niece in Heber Springs, Ark., Saturday also. My niece Sister, her daughter Emily, who, at 14, is two weeks younger than her “older” cousin Meredith; my nephew Gene (Uncle Bubba! I still can’t call him Gene) and two of his four children, Bailey, 14 -- only a couple months younger than Meredith and Emily and his “baby” Trent, 12 -- the same age as Remy, all came to visit.
We never saw the three teenage girls. They did pop in and eat spaghetti with us, but then they vanished again. Remy and Trent both like video games, etc. and get along extremely well together. They stayed in the living room, playing on Nintendo DS’s.
Mere, Em and Bailey were discussing how they could get together again -- but -- Meredith and Remy start school August 5! That is the date of this paper!
Their mom and I have been attempting to school clothes shop for them, but especially for Meredith, who has gotten taller and is (gasp!) a really picky teenager (is there another kind?). It’s been hard.
To begin with, there are no school pants in Mere’s size in the entire Marshall County area. To be fair, there are none in Oxford, Olive Branch or Southaven either. To be even fairer, there aren’t any “in stock” if we can find them online.
The girls’ mom and I are scouring area stores trying to find school stuff. We’ve known for a while that school started Aug. 5, but that seemed such a long time away, before Mere left for camp and Remy left for Heber Springs.
This week, it’s time for pencils and notebook paper, binders and backpacks, ink pens and rulers.
Almost makes me wish I was going to schoool...
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