Saturday, June 7, 2008



I'm sure that you have heard the old saying: "Come Hell or High Water", well I think the following proves that this saying is actually "Come Hail and High Water":
Thank you to everyone for their lovely comments concerning Sloane’s graduation. Just thought I would let you know how Sloane's graduation actually went. Well, in truth, it almost didn't. This all happened on Wednesday, June 4th.

We had a lovely Mother/Daughter Mass around 10:00 a.m. But, the forecast for the afternoon was ominous. We were hoping for the best....but, as you can the worst.

Sloane started getting ready around 2:00 p.m. We were supposed to be at the school around 4:30 pm. So, plenty of time...or so you would think!

Around 2:15 pm, just after Sloane started to take a shower, the heavens opened up and a horrific thunderstorm started. Thunder, lightening, heavy rain AND HAIL. I am not kidding. But wait, it gets better...err...actually worse.

At about 2:30 pm, just after Sloane had washed her hair, our electricity went out. Yep, seriously! I was getting dressed and electricity. Sloane was hysterical, for a variety of reasons:

#1. Wet hair + no electricity = OH YIKES!

#2. Hmmm...Getting dressed in the dark (it was pitch dark outside...and inside).

#3. Makeup? In the dark? Seriously???

#4. Heavy rains + hail + thunder + lightning = TORNADO WATCH (I'm so not kidding)

#5. All of #4 = no beautiful outside ceremony under the beautiful trees

#6. #5 = ceremony to be held in GYM

#7. #6 = Gym only holds a small amount of people

#8. No electricity = no traffic lights = AHHHHHHHH traffic!!

#9. Hmmm...The GARAGE DOOR is electric and the car is inside the GARAGE!

#10.All of the above = Mommy has to do some VERY FAST THINKING!!!

Answers to the above mentioned problems:

#1. Okay, wet hair = Mommy arranging Sloane's hair by flashlight into a surprisingly beautiful up do.

#2. Using above mentioned flashlight + many more to help her get dressed (remembering that she is wearing a full length white 1968 wedding dress – all the graduates have to wear full length white dresses)

#3. When you are 18 and beautiful, you really don’t need that much makeup, so flashlights were again used. (I’ve come to the conclusion that one can never have TOO MANY flashlights!)

#4. Tornado Watch…okay, not much I can do with this one except pray.

#5. See #4 above!

#6. Okay, ceremony in Gym. It will be fine. So it’s not as pretty. Everyone will be looking at the graduates anyway.

#7. Small gym + large group of people = hmmm…so we will get to know the person sitting next to us!

#8. Patience is a virtue. Keep repeating.

#9. Aha….there IS a manual way to open the garage door. So what if you are in heels and trying to find the manual operating switch in the dark with a flashlight!

#10. SUCCESS!!! We got to the school on time. Sloane looked beautiful. I don’t have a clue how I looked! Tim got there safely and Sloane’s boyfriend Danny managed to get there at the last second (Danny had to come from Virginia).

Fifteen minutes after arriving at the school, someone stepped on Sloane’s dress and a quick repair job had to be done! The ceremony included sound effects that were the booming of thunder and the loud rain hitting the gym roof. The graduates looked lovely! Sloane got her diploma! After the ceremony, we had promised Sloane that we would go to her favorite Irish restaurant in Bethesda, Maryland to have dinner. So, Daddy and Tim left their cars at the school and we all piled into Hank (my Pathfinder). The rain had slacked a bit by now. We get to the restaurant only to find that the restaurant was CLOSED DUE TO POWER OUTAGE! Seriously??? Yep, Seriously!

Okay, Plan B. We went to an Indian restaurant and had a wonderful meal. I dropped Tim off at his car, Danny & Sloane off at Danny’s car, and I drove home. They all beat me there! SURPRISE…electricity! Thank God!

Around 12:45 a.m., you would have seen all four of us in my kitchen. Sloane and I were on the floor laughing! It was either laugh or cry, we laughed! The guys thought we had lost our minds. We HAD! Sloane found hers already. I’m still looking…..

So, now you know what the old saying really means! It’s not “Hell or High Water”, it is “HAIL AND HIGH WATER”!


Astrid, Kashim & Othello said...

aaaargh Blogger just ate our comment :((

we said: OMIGOSH no that was a day, huh?
Aunte Deb you are a wonderful mommy so loving with lots of humor, that's what we read from your story!

aaand Sloane (we love the name) is so BEEE-YUUTI-FUL!

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

Sloane is, and looked beautiful!!
Love the dress.
Thank goodness for batteries and flashlights.
Congratulations to Sloane!
~ Miss Emily

ZOOLATRY said...

Hail to the Chief! (The Chief, of course, being the industrious, calm (?), and enterprising MOM. Mom's usually do come through!)
Hail to Sloane. Hail to Deb and Tim who helped her along the way to achieve all she has. Good luck and best wishes to her, and to all of you for all the days ahead...

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Ah but she graduated and that is all that matters in the long run! And it will be a memorable day won't it?

Jan's Funny Farm said...

You sure do lead an interesting life! Between Faith Boo and Mother Nature - it's no wonder you're still looking for your mind. :)

Sloane looks beautiful in the photo. You did that by flashlight?

We didn't post Crystal's birthday in time. We're lucky he's forgiving!

Purrs and tail wags,

Jan's Funny Farm said...

PS - When you find your mind, would you check to see if Jan's is nearby? The artist Faith Boo doesn't live at your house. (You knew that already.)

Now you know why we're a week late posting Crystal's birthday.

Sigh. Hanging head. Apologies Summer, Spats and Sassy.

Daisy said...

What a crazy day! You could never tell by looking at that photo of Sloane, because she looks radiant. And I'll bet it will be a day she never forgets.

HotMBC said...

Yay for Sloane! Yall are real winners to get through all that and her look so beautiful in her pictures!
the Hotties

Pee Ess. Mommy is looking for a really, really, really big tube of super glue for you Mommie Deb. She keeps laughing when she talks about it though. Maybe she needs some superglue for her brain.

Lux said...

Wow, what a day *that was - a day to remember in more ways than one! Sloane looks lovely in the pic! Congrats to her!

Beau Beau & Angie said...

What a story! Just think how nice it is that you and she have such an interesting story to tell forever. It all seems so chaotic at the time (we went through something somewhat similar for the college girl when she graduated from HS) but in the end it's something to talk about rather than -- oh yes, graduation went just purrfectly. Fun fun! And congrats again. Sloan looks just beautiful and that dress is AWESOME!

Lisa said...

Sloan is indeed a beautiful young woman. Congrats on the graduation AND for surviving such a crazy day. This will just make the day even more memorable and something to laugh over.

MISS PEACH >(^.^) said...

conCATulations lovely miss SLoan on your graduation day! It was filled with tense moments and you both came through it all. What a wonderful way to begin a new phase in your life. The world is your tea cup now!
Much love from Miss Peachy

Parker said...

What a beautiful young woman! Look at it this way, the memories of her graduation will be great!
It made Mommy think of hers a squillion years ago - it was outside and as they announced the graduating class the heavens opened up and poured all over them.
Mommy got her diploma in a Lion's Club reception area like waiting in line for a drivers license and the kids wore purple and white caps and gowns that bled and ran. It was pretty ugly, but pretty funny too!
Congrats to Sloan!

Scooby, Shaggy & Scout said...

We got the same storm a couple days later on friday. Maybe you saw the hail at our blog.... damage to car & roof.
Congrats to you Sloane! You looked very pretty. I'd like to see a fuill length photo if you got one, that is!
(Deb, our mom lost your email address... could you send it again?)

Sassy Kat said...

First I want to congratulate Sloan on her graduation day. She looked so beautiful what a fine young woman.
Second, wow what a lot to go through to get to the graduation. I am glad that things worked out. Sorry that so many problems had to be over come before the end of your evening.

Krayon said...

Sloane looks beautiful..............