Ok, I’ll confess. That graduation weekend you saw the lovely photos from was a bit stressful for me. Yet, it couldn’t have gone more smoothly, from the lovely dinner for seniors hosted by the school, to the beautiful ceremony at the Straz center, the event was wonderful. But I was still stressed out.
After the ceremony, we headed to a tapas restaurant in south Tampa called Ceviche, where we shared a completely lovely meal. There is something special about shared plates that brings people together. Everything we tried was delicious. And, everyone got along and had a good time. Score! But I was still stressed out.
A day later, we were up at the crack of dawn, headed to Brooke’s college orientation where we were to spend two days learning about the school and receive lectures about letting our “student” go. You notice, they stopped using the word child…or teen…the college has reached out and now has possession of your offspring who is referred to as “your student” or “the student”. Ha.
Things continued to flow smoothly, but I was tired and tense. I think Roger may have noticed. On day two of orientation, when we were supposed to be attending a lecture on the school meal plan or something, Roger suggested we go to Disney Springs for lunch instead. It sounded completely wonderful, except when he asked me I was having a little nap. We had gotten up at the crack of dawn again, because Brooke discovered at 11:00 p.m. the night before, after I had fallen asleep, that she had to check out of her room before seven the next morning, and needed breakfast to boot. So the alarms were set for 5:00 a.m. and I struggled to get back to sleep. Not what we planned, but whatever.
So there I was, after the dorm check out, the breakfast, and the drop off, back in bed dozing when Roger suggested we blow off the school and do our own thing. After careful consideration, I concluded that it would take very little energy to ride in the car to Disney Springs to get lunch.
So at 11:30, we were among the first guests for lunch at Paddlefish, a lovely restaurant situated beside a special Disney crafted lake where we shared a traditional lobster roll and key lime pie. We are on a perpetual quest to sample Florida’s best key lime pies, so when the server suggested key lime pie for desert, I broke one of my cardinal rules, and had desert. And it was worth every bite.
In the lovely surroundings, having a delicious lunch, I finally felt myself relax. There we were watching amphibious cars go by, enjoying each other’s company and yet another delicious meal. Gosh. As everything sinks in, Brooke’s graduation, her going away to college, and sharing my life with Roger, I feel grateful. Things have flowed smoothly and I have someone very thoughtful to share my next chapter with.
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