Saturday, May 14, 2011

Those Parents

Clay, Willie Mae, Brenda Leigh and Fritz. Fun!
Husband and I have turned into Clay and Willie Mae Johnson.

For those who don't watch The Closer,Clay and Willie Mae are the fictional parents of the fictional star of the show, a sharp-as-a-tack Los Angeles deputy police chief named Brenda Leigh Johnson. She is married to hunky FBI agent Fritz Howard, and every once in a while her parents visit from...somewhere in the South where people speak English with a malleable accent. Atlanta? Arkansas, maybe?

Clay and Willie Mae are hard-working and well-meaning, but they are old, clueless hillbillies who make Brenda Leigh and Fritz roll their eyes and whine behind their backs.

This weekend we've been in Kingdom Far Away for the college graduation of Boy#2, and there is a full post on that coming but in the meantime I can tell you it was lovely and touching, and I could not have been prouder of my little boy.

Packed into the day before and the two days following commencement, though, are the packing, packing, packing, and more packing, interrupted by schlepping and intermingled with some digging out and topped off by cleaning. Boy#1 and Boy#2 are moving out of their apartment they shared this year, and Boy#4 is moving home for the summer.

Husband and I are here to help with the process, and oh, my, goodness. We are Clay and Willie Mae. Old, clueless hillbillies. Hard-working and well-meaning, of course, but old, clueless hillbillies surrounded by hip smart college students and equally hip and smart new graduates.

I will let your imagination measure what a heapin' helpin' of fun this is.

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