The Last Day and the Fake Moustaches


On Charlie's last day of school, instead of having an all-out party as we've done the past six years, we simply took him and four of his good friends to Chuck E. Cheese. (Yes, I know. Most of you have sworn off of this godforsaken place long ago, but Husband and I have our own coping method which involves going to the very farthest booth away from the action and trying to stay above the fray. We managed to play a few games of skeeball and found an old-school pinball machine. Memories...)


It was great to see that this group of 11 and 12 year old boys can still be entertained by pizza and games. Though they may be on the cusp of becoming smelly teenagers, these tweens are still cute; still silly (and they still TALK to us). The highlight for Husband and I came while we waited outside for one of the boys to be picked up. As time wore on, the boys became restless and ended up finding some vending machines at the laundromat a few doors down. One of the machines sold stick-on moustaches. Before I knew it, the group had all bought moustaches and had put them on. They looked so funny, these miniature men. Passersby smiled at them, and we enjoyed them being lighthearted kids, not horrible, soon-to-be teenagers. The image of this motley group and their ridiculous moustaches will stay with me for a long time.

Today, the first day of Charlie's summer vacation, unfortunately brought his much-awaited, but not eagerly anticipated, set of braces on his lower teeth. So today wasn't a great day for him; hopefully tomorrow will be better. He and Husband will be out having adventures; I'll be at home working, trying to get some of my backlog cleared out before leaving on my trip out of town (a family obligation that will hopefully not be totally obligation but also have some good times thrown in). I look forward to seeing my mom and sister. My brother? Hmm, stay tuned...

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