Sunday, September 16, 2012

Times... They Are a Changin'

I'm off for my first day of work.
I did go in for training one day last
week and I survived!

So much more has been going on
so I thought I'd fill you in.
In the last two weeks,
I have been on my first AND second
date in 14 years!
OK. Don't get too excited.
I have had one blind date in that time
but we were not each others
And, well, if I'm honest
and I am,
I have to admit
the dates were Becky's, not mine!
I was the lowly driver and chaperon.
Remember her first day of school
when she came home with 
an UN-named boys phone number?
"That" boy and my daughter
have become very attached.

It's OK.
I just keep telling myself to breath.
Cause I'm not ready for this.
Oh dear.
Moving on.

I first met "him" two weeks ago
when I provided transportation for their
date to a bowling alley/arcade place.
All was going very well and
they were completely enjoying themselves
and I was reading a good book.
And then...
and then...
I got the bill for the date!
Lot's of self talk here...
OK...I have a job now.  Thank heavens.
But little did I know I needed
it for dating...
and not MY dating.  
Deep breath.'s worth it to see them having fun.
And he is a nice boy.

Needless to say,
I'm having to share the phone every night.
This from the girl that has NO time to chat on 
a phone and is now spending almost an hour
a night talking to the "boy."
Thank goodness for cell phones
or I'd be out of touch,
out of the loop
and out of my mind!
I really don't talk THAT much on the phone but
it has been an adjustment!

Fast forward to this last Saturday
and date number two.
Off to a movie.
This time he paid. 
And what a gentleman,
he opened the doors for
her...AND for me!
They shared popcorn, candy
and lots of laughs.
It was that time
so I offered to take them out for pizza.
As I arose from  my seat, I seemed
to have a little struggle getting up...
but I just tried to keep up with the "kids."
Once I sat upon my leather seat in my car,
I noticed I was sticking to it.
Oh yes!
I had sat in gum during the movie!
(Thanks to my sisters' recommendation, Goo Gone took
it off of my pants, car seat AND out door chair)!
Moving on...
by the time we arrived at the restaurant,
"they" had decided on pasta,
not pizza
to the tune of another $40 tab...
on Mom.

As our food arrived,
my cell phone started ringing
and then beeping.
I missed a call and had a message.
 kids wanted to know...
"What's going on?"
Glancing at my watch,
and noting it was about 7:30 p.m.,
and with a red face,
I explained to the boy
that friends and family
are not used to me being out at night.
They were checking up on me!
The boy slapped his hands on his
laughed from his toes
and exclaimed

"I love this family!"
We like you too," boy".  We like you too.

And that my friends,
is what's been going on.


TexWisGirl said...

i'm so glad becky has a boyfriend - and that he is a joy, too. now, looks like your job is well-timed. :)

Chatty Crone said...

Where did you get a job AND do you think it might be serious with Becky and her beau?

Lynne said...

You make every thing sound happy and fun. I like that about you. Even gum on the movie chair seat gave me a chuckle . . .not fun no doubt, but you made it sound okay!

Happy Becky is enjoying her friend . . . sounds like it is getting you out and about and spending some "nickels" too!

Lynne said...

Enjoy your first week of work!

Scrappy Pink Corner said...

That is such a cute story to tell. So glad for Becky.
Good luck on your first day at work. ANA

Ellie said...

Phew it sounds as if it is just as well you got your job!!!
I am so pleased for Becky that she has a lovely boyfriend it sounds as if they really enjoy each other's company as well.
Keep calm mum!!! :))

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I loved all that's going on! :-)

Bonnie said...

I adored reading this post. I am anxious to hear about the new job.....

Paula said...

Cute entry, good luck with your new job.

Linda Chapman said...

Dating can be expensive!! Sounds like you ALL enjoyed it though! You DID eat with them, didn't you???

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Glad you survived your job training, and I wish you well in your new job! Cute stories about the dates!

Blessed Serendipity said...

Ok you had me at first. I thought YOU had a new boyfriend. What a fun time for Becky. You are such a special mom and glad to hear you are getting out too.


Susan said...

Jill, you are a wonderful Mom! I am so impressed! Lucky Becky to have you and a new boyfriend! New jobs are hard to go to, but before you know it, it will be normal, the new normal I mean. Good luck my friend!

Dawn's Craft Place said...

Oh how fabulous to have Becky enjoying herself are the best mom I swear.
Sounds like a great time,besides the gum...eww. Who puts gum on their seat?
Good Luck tomorrow sweetie, you are going to be spectacular

Anonymous said...

He sounds delightful and you are such a great mom! Glad you all have laughs and good times. Wishing you all the best with the new job.

The Jones Family said...

Hope the new job goes very well! Cute narrative about chaperoning your daughter's dates. Enjoy the week ahead.

Rosemary said...

It's difficult growing up for a second and third time with our children, except all we get to do now is watch (and worry) and eventually relax and let go :) Best of luck in your work week!

Gloria Hood said...

He sounds like a real nice boy!!! Good luck with your job!

Busy Bee Suz said...

He sounds like a keeper....but you might have to get TWO jobs to keep up with them. :)
Best of luck with your new job!!!!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

How neat that she has met someone. Sounds like you're being a great mom too. I hope your first week at work is fantastic!

Madi and Mom said...

You really and truly need to write a book. You are as funny as Erma Bombeck...she told the funniest stories about family, children and life..
Hugs C
GOOD LUCK TODAY tell you employer he/she is lucky to have someone like you as an employee

Anonymous said...

Ha! You sure had me going on the two date nights at first!! I thought "Wooho! Go Jill!"
So cute - I'm happy for Becky!
Good luck on your first day back to work!

Donna said...

Hahaaaa....yuck! Gum stuck to yourself!
Glad Becky is enjoying the dating!

Bev said...

Wow what a change for you!! Well all you can do is enjoy and it's nice for Becky!!

Ida said...

Time does march on.
Watching our children grow up and start dating is certainly an interesting time in our lives. I enjoyed reading about your "dates" or rather Becky's dates. Sounds like you are entering into new territory as a parent.
Good Luck with the new job.

Kathy said...

Too funny!

Nancy Claeys said...

It's times like these I'm glad I didn't have a daughter. Lol. Just kidding... It's nice that she picked a good one. :)

EG CameraGirl said...

Iy's great that Becky has found a nice boyfriend. I hope everything is going well at your job.

Buttons said...

Oh Jill this made me laugh out loud. I am glad you are having fun on those dates :) I remember them well with having two daughters. Enjoy them while you can. I never got to use my phone on weekends and nights for four years LOL
Hope work is fun for you. Hug B