Here is the last installment in this entry!
The day of the prom finally came and her Uncle Hector, a hair dresser, came over and styled her hair.
I had been shopping one day months earlier and saw the most incredible cream colored silk shoes for the whopping price of $1.98!
They were brand new in a major chain store!
I asked the clerk and she said the price was right because it was on clearance!
I love Uncle Clearance!
One time Jess had seen them in my closet and was going to wear them. I fibbed and told her they were for my wedding!
She was so funny!
She's like okay, whatever!
Today I took them out and gave them to her to wear for this special night!
They went perfectly with the dress!
"But I thought they were for your wedding!" She exclaimed!
"I am already married babe!" I laughed.
"Yeah, but, ah never mind!" She laughed.
Chris felt paying over a hundred bucks for a rental tux was silly, so he bought a really snappy old fashion gangster suit, hat and all!
He had been letting his hair grow out for a while so his Uncle blew dried it straight. GQ baby! He looked so sharp!
Our house is three blocks from their High school, so all their friends came over to take pictures before heading to the school's pre-prom activities.
It was awesome!
After the picture taking session, we went to the school's gym for the prom processional.
Jess had made her date, Branden a matching vest and bow tie with left over material from her dress. They looked so good together!
The gym had been decorated beautifully for the occasion!
One by one each senior's name was announced with their dates and they walked down the rugs place on the gym floor.
They came to a stop under a gorgeous archway made of white tulle and bright lights.
The school's photographer took a picture of each couple before they walked off.
As Jess and Brandon walked by, one of the teachers told her friend,
"You have got to take a picture of that dress! It is gorgeous!"
She turned to me and asked me where Jess had bought it. I told her Jess had made it and she was shocked!
"I can't even sew a button on!" She laughed.
Quickly word spread that Jess had made the dress!
Needless to say that she had a grin from ear to ear! She was so proud of herself!
Once the procession was over we watched them get into their cars and go off to the prom.
Mel and I walked back to our house. Alexi had gone to a birthday party so it was just Mel and me at home.
Usually Friday nights are our "date nights". Mel went upstairs to change as we had made plans to go to the movies. While Mel was upstairs I sat on the couch.
I glanced up and stared at the various pictures of the kids I had on the walls from different eras of their lives.
First grade, fifth grade dance, 8th grade graduation and so on.
Tears started rolling down my cheeks. I looked down on the floor and noticed a pink bag.
It had some old videos I had found earlier that week when I was looking for some sewing supplies.
I grabbed one of them and popped it into the VCR.
Soon I saw the images from the past.
Alexi playing baseball, Chris, chunky, and cute next to him, in the dugout the year they played on the same team.
There was Jess in her fifth grade play as Cinderella; images of Jose, freshman year of high school, playing football. Cristina looking beautiful at her sweet sixteen birthday party.
My hubby walked in and took one look at me.
"Oh, heck, Honey, why you watching that if it's going to make you cry"
I couldn't even talk. He looked over to the screen and saw little Alexi smiling back at us. He slowly sat down next to me. After a few minutes he said,
"They look so young!" He reached over and gently rubbed my back.
"I know I always gave you a hard time about being an obnoxious parent with the video camera and pictures and all, but I am glad we have these." He said.
I just nodded and the waterworks continued.
I finally said, "It went by so fast! I was hoping it would last just a little bit longer."
I could say no more, between sobs. My hubby hugged me tight, in that "Oh, heck I don't know what else to do, way".
I placed my head on his shoulder and he gently took my face in his hands and said,
"You did good George!" (Yet another story for another page) I busted out laughing in between sobs.
"I guess we did, didn't we?" We finished watching the video and I wiped away my tears.
"You ready to go out?" He asked.
"Yeah, I'm ready." I answered.
Mel walked to the kitchen as I lingered a moment longer in the living room. I looked around one last time at all the pictures before I shut the lights out.
I knew that the memories would be there forever. I also knew that as painful as letting go was, there was also a lot more exciting events to come.
More high school Graduations, proms, kids going away to college, weddings and grand-babies.
I slowly walked out to the kitchen to where my hubby was waiting.
I wasn't totally sure what the years to come had in store for me as a mom or as a woman, but I was sure of one thing.
If the memories to be were anything like the past ones, life was truly going to be sweet!
As I looked at Mel I also realized one more thing as well, being stuck with just him after everything was said and done, wasn't going to be all that bad after all!
I hugged him tight and said,
"So how does Chinese sound?"
"Now that's what I'm talking about!" He said with his silly grin.
"I have dibs on the extra fortune cookie!" He called out as we walked out the door.
With my Mel around, who was going to miss having kids in the house anyway?