Don't get me wrong: we've been triple-booked before and had to call in the grandparents to help us cover events, but tonight was 3-2-1 (3 events for 2 kids in 1 location). While a bit crazy, it was a dream come true in some ways.
My wife chose the soccer banquet for our HS Senior. This was to be her final banquet of her local school career. It was a poignant night and my wife wanted to be there. The bonus was that this was the cheapest of the three banquets, so she could bring along the littlest sister who still likes to tag along. This was held in the school "commons" (cafeteria for us "old folks"). This was catered by Spiced Right, a local BBQ joint, so my wife's leftovers were quite good.
The other two events were for daughter number 2. Her band banquet was in the room off of the cafeteria, so I could easily see and hear bits of the soccer banquet and sort of keep an eye on that. I chose this because this was the event my second daughter was most involved in and would therefore be most awarded in. Besides, they were catered by Longhorn Steakhouse. I couldn't pass that up. The fact that it was beside the soccer banquet was a bonus, since at one point we had to switch places so she could be "sworn in" as a new band booster club parent.
The third banquet, which I only got to poke my head into once, and only to pull my daughter out of so she could get an award at a different banquet, was a little hike down a floor, outside, and into the school's Field House. This was the baseball banquet, for which she served as manager. My wife liked the food at this the best since it was a potluck-style buffet.
We enjoyed being able to knock out three events in one night, but it was a harrowing experience: we ran between events quite a bit. The band banquet lasted 3 hours. I eventually left early to go home and get the younger kids to bed at 9:30 p.m.
For a minute it hit me again that my daughter is a Senior. In a week and a half, she will have graduated high school. Did I do what needed done to prepare her for her life?
But then I got busy again, and the moment passed.