You’re Gonna Miss This

Last week as I was calmly frantically getting ready to leave for Chicago the next day, Roger Leroy arrived in my room after school with a white board with a hole cut out.

Roger Leroy: “Here is my locker strip.”

Me: “Huh?”

Roger Leroy: “Remember, locker strips?”

Me: “No”

RL: “Mom…Senior week…you have to decorate this before you leave, then parents go on Sunday to the school and hang them on our lockers.”

Me: “This Sunday? While I’m gone?”

RL: “We can go hang them…they were really cool last year…you have time, right?”

locker strip 1

Sure, I have time.

Let me just dig out pictures and print a few at Costco and finish helping you both with your senior scrapbooks and senior speech for Language Arts and it’s Scary Baby’s birthday and I need a haircut and I haven’t packed or written the speech I’m suppose to give…

Somehow though, in the sage words of their lovely brother whose life mantra is “It will out work out” — it did.


I think they didn’t turn out half bad. Not that I have any idea what they were suppose to look like.

I had some pictures left from when I made their cross country albums. Actually the bottom was an 8 x 10 of a page I made with song lyrics in the background.

The song came out last year right around the time when we were headed to Nashville for their fun birthdaymonth. When Trace Adkins starting singing it, I sent them a text that said “Listen to the lyrics.”

She was staring out that window of that SUV
Complaining, saying “I can’t wait to turn 18″
She said” I’ll make my own money, and I’ll make my own rules.”
Mama put the car in park out there in front of the school
Then she kissed her head and said “I was just like you”

You’re gonna miss this
You’re gonna want this back
You’re gonna wish these days
Hadn’t gone by so fast

These are some good times
So take a good look around
You may not know it now
But you’re gonna miss this

Click here to see Trace Adkins singing “You’re Gonna Miss This”

They found this hysterical in a way only teenagers can. It has become a standing joke and I play along with them and we all make everyone get quiet whenever the song plays and say, “Shhhhh…Listen to the Lyrics.”

I can handle the joke. But I do hope they listen to the lyrics. In spite of their uncool mother.

That night, PhilBillPaul went in their dark bedroom to check on them.

I made him go back in and snap this picture.


Our almost 18 year-old twins in one twin bed.

Don’t think I don’t know the truth.

It’s a two-way street.

I’m gonna miss this…


One year ago..

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  1. 1
    granny says:

    stop making me cry. granny

  2. 2
    Steff says:

    GREAT job on the locker strip! And, you need to warn us at the beginning of your post that we need kleenex! You made me cry…’cuz YES…I do miss it!

  3. 3
    Leigh Anne says:

    Make me cry!

  4. 4
    Joanne says:

    I’m crying too!

  5. 5
    Julia says:

    That was so sweet!! Time goes ridiculously fast…it’s not all “glamour” as we go through it, but it will surely be missed. From one mom to another, “You did a great job!!”

  6. 6
    Karen Hedgelon says:

    You’ll miss that but “Build a Bridge and Get Over It (in the famous words of an Australian PhD/commedianne! Such sappiness! There is soooo much more to come with those twins and you! Nevermind Grunter and Scary Baby. Namby-pamby!!!!!

    • 6.1
      Sherra says:

      @Karen–Sounds like you are heartless but thank goodness I know better 😉

      Thanks everyone for kind words – I got some sweet emails too. And thanks for letting me be a little sappy…

  7. 7
    Rhonda says:

    Sherra, those turned out so nice. I guess the best part is knowing that when they grow up and leave they do get a since of what we have done to love our children so very much. Even more so when they themselves become parent. (which is actually perfect payback!) I am always reminded to read Erma Bombeck’s No More Oatmeal Cookies. I have it linked on my blog, but you certainly can google her story. It will make even the most stoic of moms cry!


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