Milestone Playlist in Three-Part Harmony

This is a story in three-part harmony.

Drove to Austin listening to my current favorite playlist.  My youngest, McPaddie, was graduating from UT. My solo road trip was extra fun because I could sing at the top of my lungs. SWEET. This morning, I jumped in the car, turned on the tunes, and headed home. SWEET and SALTY. What a difference 24 hours make.

One: BeforeWoke up yesterday morning at Austin Ann‘s peace haven. Something is off – oh, haven’t had coffee yet. Drink my body weight in java, read Nora Ephron‘s, “I Feel Bad About My Neck” from cover to cover. Jump in shower to wash off oompa loompa tan and get all gussied up for the Big Event. The second I see Ann, I tear up. Her baby just graduated from UGA, my baby will have a diploma in a couple of hours. It was a mom moment. Lots of deep breathing.  Fairy Godmother, Poob, arrived, we put our high hoofs on and off we went.

Two: During –  Met up with Miss Peach (eldest daughter) and her dad at the venue. Each school has a commencement ceremony; we were in an enormous venue for The School of Communications.

Yep, we were going to be there for hours. Poob‘s daughter graduated from Stanford; Oprah gave the commencement speech. We were anxious to find out who we would be listening to. Opened the program and OMG. The address was being given by a guy who dated one of our friends in high school and was engaged to another friend after college. I immediately sent a text to both women: Craig Dubow is the SPEAKER!” Furious texts flew back and forth between Austin, Houston, and Fredericksburg. I mean, he does have cred – Chairman and CEO of Gannet Co., Inc. Whatev. We had most excellent seats and McPaddie was front row. She walked, we screamed, and two-and-1/2 hours later we hooked our horns,  sang, “The Eyes of Texas”, and piled out into the Texas heat. Pictures taken all around amidst a throng of other picture takers. My graduate was one happy camper. Another mom moment – proud. Off we went for drinks at the W, very cool. Then Skywalker, the graduate’s fab love muffin, met us at Eddie V‘s for dinner. All great fun, saw the world, including friends we’d gone to UT with. Poob and I left the younger ones at that point; we’d been in graduation mode for 12 hours and it was closing time – for us. This morning, we left Ann with smooches, had a bite with the grad, hugs and smooches all around, and we headed in three different directions.

Three: After – Driving out of Austin for the umpteenth time, I turned up the tunes and pressed the pedal to the metal. But this time, it was different. My oldest has a big life in our home town. The youngest isn’t coming home. They are both amazing. We’ve all experienced a milestone. Listening to the music, tears started falling out of my eyes. Happy, proud, sweet tears mixed with some salty, sentimental mom water. Deep breathing. Nothing is impossible. Life is good. Mysterious, but good.

The Playlist, in no particular order

  • “Raise Your Glass” – Pink
  • “Don’t Stop Believing” – Journey
  • “Gimme Shelter”– The Rolling Stones
  • “Stronger” – Glee Cast
  • “Sweet Child O’ Mine” – Guns N’Roses
  • “Heads Will Roll” – Yeah Yeah Yeah’s
  • “Born This Way”– Lady GaGa
  • Dueling Guitars” – August Rush movie
  • Defying Gravity” – Idina Menzel and Lea Michele
  • On The Floor”Jennifer Lopez with Pitbull
  • Someone Like You” – Adele
  • “Learn To Fly” – Foo Fighters
  • “Sweet Home Alabama” – Lynyrd Skynrd
  • “Shout It Out Loud” – KISS
  • “Daughter” – Loudon Wainwright III
  • Mercy” – Duffy
  • “I Was Made To Love Her” – Stevie Wonder
  • “Hallelujah” – Jeff Buckley

As for the three-part harmony ……..

Peach, McPaddie, Cita/iz

 “A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart.”

Blessed two times over, I am.


26 thoughts on “Milestone Playlist in Three-Part Harmony

  1. Love the photo, Izzie…you girls are all gorgeous!!!

    Congrats to McPaddie on her graduation too!

    I had the house to myself the other night…I cranked up my Rose Cousins CD, and then my Meg Hutchinson CD, and sang loudly with no one to yang at me! It was great!

    Glad you’re in a better frame of mind!


    • Thank you, my friend! LOVE hearing that you had your own song fest – isn’t it great? You probably have a beautiful voice, I sound like… there aren’t words. xo iz

  2. Beautiful trio you all make! Congrats on such a wonderful day!

  3. Some beautiful women 🙂

  4. How wonderful. Great picture and rocking list. Looks like we’ve made it.. is that good or not? it’s 7:30 here in VA.

  5. Great pic! My dearly beloved is a UT grad…. a fact she reminds me of at least 5 times a day……. Wishing your gal a happy and successful future! 🙂 I got 6 of those songs on my Ipod right now….. Great list! 🙂

  6. Oh, Idiot, how I love you! But I might love your Dearly Beloved better, as she is a Longhorn and all! Rock and ride, buddy 🙂

  7. Thanks for sharing big milestone and happy faces. Congrats.

  8. Congrats to all! Love the pic – I’ll take the one on the right. 😉 Thanks for the flashback – Tom Wicker spoke at my grad – who? Pulitzer Prize author for a book on Attica (prison in NY state).

  9. Congratulations! Yay!!! 🙂

  10. Beautiful pic!

    Defying Gravity was on your list! I love that song. Whenever I’m in the car by myself, I sing at the top of my lungs as well. Which means by the time I get where I’m going…I can’t talk.

  11. Thanks, winsomebella. Happy day!

  12. Izzy,
    OK … Here’s an imaginary Hook em’ Horns from an Ohioan who is not an Ohio State fan.

    But, I went to an MAC school will real orange (like Clemson). 🙂 Gotta run … storms rolling through.

  13. Love UT tho I didn’t go there — Domer Son is my native Texan! Lovely picture and you three almost look like sisters (no offense to your lovely daughters). Congrats to the new grad — can’t believe I’ll be doing that in a couple more years, yikes!

  14. Hey Debbie!Thank you for the compliment – the lovely daughters would be horrified! Ha! Yeah, you will be sitting in that sort of audience before you can blink your eyes. x iz

  15. Very beautiful girls! You must be very proud.

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