*In order to get a good seat, you need to set up a tent in the lunch room the night before and spend the night...kind of like Black Friday shopping only it's Black Friday Graduation. It's just as crazy!!
*Never punch people!!! Even if they think that it is more important for them to see their child graduate and get a picture of the big event than it is for you to see your child graduate. Even if they come and stand right in front of you as all of the class names are read. Even if you can't get a good picture because they aren't invisible. Oh, and don't worry, they'll go back to their seat...it won't be until after your child has already finished but no biggy!!
*Music teachers are amazing and are so fun to watch as they do whatever silly thing they can think of to get their students to sing loud.
*Never punch people!!! Even if they think that they should not have to stand in line like everyone else to get a visitor's pass. Even if they just walk up to the front while you wait ever-so-patiently for your turn.
*Don't even think of asking for a picture of your graduate with his best friend unless you have brought his comfy clothes to change into because he has been sitting in his church clothes for long enough and picture taking is the last thing on earth he wants to do!!
*Never punch people!!! Even if you are starting to get anxious from the enormous crowds that are pushing and shoving to get a glimpse of their child. Remember to just breathe deeply!!
*Expect a complete and total meltdown if you even dare think to take a shortcut through the school instead of traveling the path that your child has taken for the last 6 years to get to his classes.
*Purple cupcakes and white shirts...don't expect a happy ending!!
*You might cry when you think of how your children are growing up so quickly and how just yesterday you were heading off to the "tissues and tea party" after dropping him off at preschool!
*When the American flag comes into the room and you start to say the pledge of allegiance you might just tear up as you think of the men and women who have died fighting for us to have our freedom and if you are anything like me, you will be grateful for your parents who taught you to stand at attention, put your hand over your heart and be grateful that you were blessed to be one of the lucky ones born here. Oh...they also might do a "sucker-punch" and play the national anthem too and you'll just be a mess. Bring a tissue!!
*One day, you won't have any more children going to elementary school...you can either pat yourself on the back for a job well done or you can be sad that you're getting old. I haven't decided which one I'm going to do yet.
*When you finally get your visitor's badge, for a split second you might think that it says "Mom of the year" but it really says "End of the year party" and you can pat yourself on the back for being such an optimist. I mean really...how often does that happen...Shanon being an optimist?! Practically never!!
*There is never enough parking.
*You will run into lots of old friends which is so fun but after a few minutes you may start to think that small talk might just be the death of you (if you are an introvert like me).
*If you take your 15 year old, all of her elementary school teachers will comment on HOW MUCH SHE HAS GROWN!!!
*Did I mention to bring a tissue or two?
*Finally...be grateful for all of the wonderful people that have influenced your child's life in some way whether large or small. It really does take a village and we have been blessed to live in some of the best villages around!!