It is bittersweet yet exciting still the same. This is Jacob's Senior year and tonight was the first band practice for the season. I'm glad he's an officer, he feels proud to help the new freshmen. He's such a great kid. He instinctively honed in on a new freshmen that was struggling to fit in and I tell you what it makes my heart proud to see how he took away a young freshman's fears. I guess I haven't done too bad after all. I love you son!
Band camp is such a fun yet very demanding time for any band student. This is how it will play out over the next few weeks. Practice Tues. and Thurs. nights 6pm to 9pm. We do this schedule for two weeks. Then it's practice all week just in the evenings, then the last week of July is the tough one. 8am to 9pm all week. 85 students who all need fitted for uniforms. I've been doing all the sewing these past 3 years, and I am so happy to say I finally have 2 parents that will help with the uniforms. I thanked both of these new mommas who have willingly given me their time for their children. It's a hard job, but I tell you what, tonight all my veteran band students all swarmed me with hugs and cheers. I'm their mom, their nurse when they are hurt or sick, Mama Bennett: my snap came off! Can you sew it quick? You gotta babe! But most of all, these kids are mine! I may not have birthed all of them, but they know who to turn too.
OMGosh friends, what will I do after next year? This is gonna be a hard year for me! Plan on it now that I'll have to show lots of pictures.
Back to the schedule: It's now first week of August. They get the week off. Then Aug.10 school starts and they practice twice a week and Friday night football games for 2-3 months depending on how well the football team does! Whew! Worn out yet?
Jacob had his first set of Senior pictures taken. Next week we hope to do the next set. Cha ching! John better hurry up and get back to work steady so we can get everything for Jacob. Letterman's jacket, senior ring which gets ordered the third week of July. You know what friends, I might just sell some of my old gold jewelry to help pay for all of this.
Now a little news about my Jason, he's about to get a taste of what a real job is. He's gonna be a gofer/labourer putting in insulation. I hope he doesn't crash and burn, but maybe seeing this will show him that college is what he needs. Good luck buddy, try your best.
I have totally blown ya'll all away with my chatter tonight.
See ya later!