Friday, May 11, 2018

Pomp and Circumstance: Use Your Words

Today’s post is a monthly writing challenge. If you’re new here, this is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once. All of the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the recipient will take them. Until now.

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At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.
I'm using: aggravate ~ college ~ integrity ~ longitude ~ restaurant
They were submitted by Rena of The Blogging 911.

Now I'm not saying that he's doing it just to aggravate me, but my youngest son graduates from college tonight.   

Granted I'm grateful to be finished with the huge bills we've been paying for the past four years, not just tuition and housing and food and books and spending money and gas money and frat dues, but airfare every time we brought him home. And let me just tell you, having a kid live in a latitude and longitude 10 hours from mine makes everything more difficult. Like when he broke his leg, when his frat brother/chef died unexpectedly, when he had a flat tire (3 in one year, actually) . . . I could go on but you get it.

So yes, the finances and the logistics have been a challenge. But what really has me annoyed, flabbergasted actually, is that I was just attending college myself about a blink of an eye ago, how can it possibly be that I'm old enough for my baby to be graduating himself? How? Really? I want to know.

Well, now that it seems inevitable, (both his graduation and my advanced age), we all enter the next phase of this journey. I am hoping that he will take a few months off before starting work, but the reality still is that my favorite (well, one of them) taste tester will no longer be spending 4 weeks in the winter and 10 weeks in the summer home with me.

Orange Sesame Thumbprint Cookies, sesame studded cookies filled with an orange jam and powdered sugar center. A fun alternative to the original cookie flavors. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #cookies

Orange Sesame Thumbprint Cookies
Orange Sesame Thumbprint Cookies, sesame studded cookies filled with an orange jam and powdered sugar center. A fun alternative to the original cookie flavors. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #cookies

Whichever job offer he accepts, we will set him up, make sure he has a place to live, furniture, a car and whatever else he needs. I will try, yet again, to make him understand that he needs to learn to cook a little. Fast food restaurants cannot be the source of his every meal like it has been this past year since he moved out of his frat.

But that is for tomorrow. Tonight is for reflection. Celebration. For Pomp and Circumstance and a tear or two.

It's been quite a ride, these past four years. It's been full of successes but also set-backs. It's been an eye opening experience for him, having to deal with so much on his own. And all while achieving over a 3.0 GPA with a BS in Computer Science and a Minor in Organizational Leadership Skills. Because in the end his integrity has been a beacon. We know, and he knows, that in good times and in bad (sometimes really, really bad), we have his back. But more importantly, we know that he stands firmly and solidly on his own two feet.

Congratulations, PurDude. So very proud to call you my son. 

Here are links to all the other Use Your Words posts:

Orange Sesame Thumbprint Cookies

Ingredients (makes about 30):
1 sticks butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 oz sesame seeds

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup orange jam
1 TBSP orange juice

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover baking sheets with parchment paper. 
*Separate the eggs. Place the whites in a bowl and whisk lightly. Place the sesame seeds in another bowl.
*Beat the egg yolks with the butter, brown sugar, almond extract until smooth. Mix in flour and salt.
*Make approximately 3/4 inch balls with the dough. Dip them into the whisked egg whites, then press the tops into the sesame seeds. Place on the baking sheets.
*Make an indentation into the center of each cookie. Don't press all the way through.
*Bake for about 12 to 14 minutes or until light brown. Press the centers gently to reform the indentation. Cool completely.
*Whisk the powdered sugar, orange jam and the orange juice. Spoon about 1 tsp into the indentation of each cooled cookie. 


  1. Congratulations on graduating, PurDude! While you had it rough at times, I never once heard about "academic problems" other students have. Lack of motivation, bad grades, missed deadlines. Nope, I think you did really, really well, and the economy needs people like you. I hope you will do something that you genuinly love!

    As for you, dear Karen, I hear you. They *just* grow up too fast. The baby boy I had turns 10 this year. When did that happen? Also: reliable taste testers are hard to find, so I really feel for you. Hang in there, Mama!

    1. I can't believe my son has graduated college and your son is already 10. Unbelievable.

  2. Congratulations to PurDude and to you his parents because as he graduates from college, you graduate with him. You have all learned a lot, grown and felt the pains of that growing. I hope he finds the perfect job, not too far from home but not too close either.You and Purdue have prepared him as best you can. Now cheers to you young man! Reach for the stars

  3. Tears here. It was just yesterday he was in kindergarten.
    Heck it was just yesterday I was in kindergarten!
    I cry every time I hear Pomp and Circumstance. Even reading the title brings more tears. What a bitter-sweet, precious time! The threshold of 'everything else'. Congratulations to your son. And congratulations to his parents. All of you deserve degrees. Him, a BA in Computer Science and Organizational Leadership and you a Master's in Parenting. (Not to scare you, but the Doctorate is really tough and involves Grand-parenting!) :)

    1. LOL, I certainly hope I have more than a few years before that "doctorate". Thank you for the kind words of congratulations, Diane.

  4. Congratulations to PurDude and congratulations for a top level use of your words. And congratulations to you for surviving the experience. As for the cookies - interesting combo; I think I would like their taste. I love sesame seeds. Alana

    1. If you like sesame seeds, these are a great option for you. And thank you for the congratulations.

  5. Congratulations PurDude! I'm excited to hear about the next chapter, I know it's going to be awesome, just like I know your Mama has your back.

  6. Congratulations PurDude! You're giving your mom the ultimate Mother's Day present this weekend. Good luck to you in the next few months.


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