Welcome to Text-as: 8th Grade Graduation Edition

funny texts from my family

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Closing in on 8th Grade graduation and after having a few conversations, I think I can confidently say that I am not the only mom in our area walking around shaking their heads over the “needs” of their daughters in “order” to graduate. This text shows you what my daughter and her friends are expecting and hoping for. I usually only have one screenshot for this series, but I couldn’t stop at one this time…


graduation texts

To fill you in, what was being requested was this:

  1. Go to Monkee’s (high-end boutique in our area) for a pair of Jack Roger sandals (ARV – $110)
  2. Go to the store our friend works at for a Lillie Pulitizer dress (ARV – $200 but this was consigned, so probably $40)
  3. Go to the hair salon for cut and hi-lights (Average cost – $130)
  4. Pedicure – $35 after tip
  5. Make-up done – $50 (making  her come to our house at the buttcrack of dawn? Additional $25)

That, my friends, comes up to a grand total of $365 and that’s with the used Lillie. For 8th grade graduation. I’m not even sure we dressed up for my 8th grade graduation. As a matter of fact, I’m not sure we HAD a graduation as much as it was an awards ceremony. I know there was no pomp and circumstance like these guys are getting and I’m not even sure my parents (or any others) even came. Pretty much we got our awards and a slap on the back with a “good luck in high school” thrown in for safe measure.

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While I am confident there are plenty of girls whose parents buckled to their insane demands, rest assured I did not. She did get her Jack Rogers that I found on eBay for $60 and they were her graduation gift from us. Instead of a used Lillie, she got a new dress that was the same $40 and, in my opinion, a lot cuter (a burnt potato sack is cuter than a Lillie Pulitizer in my opinion, but that’s a different post) and a pedicure because I needed one.

How is 8th grade “graduation” in your area? Big hullabaloo or just another day? Love to hear if we’re unique or everyone is going thru it.



June 5, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Too funny!! As I read this, I was careful to make sure my 8th grader didn’t get a look at it. She hasn’t thought to ask for such things. Though she’d be sorely disappointed if she did!

June 5, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Oh man- your text posts never FAIL to make me seriously LOL!!!! Oh- how I DREAD those coming years!!! Good for you to set the limits!! And enjoy a pedi too!!! 😉
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June 5, 2013 at 1:01 pm

When I graduated 8th grade, I got a brand new dress (a little lacey number with an empire waist; my first grown-up-like dress), matching shoes and my hair done for probably around $100. My toes were covered, so no pedicure (I didn’t get my first pedicure until I was nearing 17) but I still have that little lacey number in my closet. It’s been preserved, not unlike a wedding dress and I hope to pass it to my future daughter when she graduates from something.
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    June 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Not even going to tell you how old I was before I got MY first pedi but it was even later than you. As a matter of fact, I think all THREE of my girls had been born before that happened.

June 5, 2013 at 11:02 am

I am sooo glad that I have boys and won’t need to deal with that.

June 5, 2013 at 9:41 am

Oh my gosh, hilarious. That was just the laugh I needed this morning! And what a reminder of the differences between girls and boys. Here’s how that conversation would have gone at my all-boy house:

Me: Where are you? We have to leave for graduation in 1 hour!
Son: Soccer
Me: Soccer is over!!!
Son: Just kickin’ around at Joey’s
Me: Come home now!!!!
Son: 10 min
Me: No! Now!
Son: K
Me: Where is the white dress shirt I ironed for you to wear tonight?
Son: Hamper
Me: The dirty clothes hamper???
Son: Yeah. Spilled tea.
Me: You spilled iced tea on a shirt you weren’t wearing???
Son: Yeah
Me: That’s the only dress shirt that fits you. What are you going to wear???
Son: Polo
Me: You’re supposed to wear a tie!
Son: Mom, chill. I’m graduating from 8th grade, not Yale.
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June 5, 2013 at 8:21 am

I am sure it is exactly the same here…thankfully, mine are not old enough yet, but when the time comes I would not be surprised to be on the receiving end of these kinds of texts! Glad y’all found a good solution! :)-Ashley
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June 5, 2013 at 7:38 am

Wow…how times have changed. Mine begged me for a new dress (which I believe was $30 or $40…I should check my credit card) but she hasn’t hit me up for shoes yet. Or haircut or makeup (which is never happening by the way) but she could use a haircut. I am sure there are many others going through what you are right now! haha
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