Graduation and Nebraska

This weekend was a whirlwind of a trip. My mom and I left Atlanta for Nebraska on Friday morning. It was my first ride on MARTA, the Atlanta public transportation train. It was a bumpy and smelly ride, but not too bad overall. After a moderately bumpy flight from Atlanta to Omaha, we met Patrick–the graduate!–at the airport. From there, we stopped into the hotel to check in and put our stuff down for a minute.

Mom and Patch

From there we headed to Cheddar’s for lunch with Patrick’s dad as our waiter! It was a great surprise, and the food was pretty good, too. I had the edamame appetizer with a side of steamed broccoli for lunch. Delicious. That night we met one of mom’s lifelong friends, Connie. She and my mom grew up together, lived across the street form each other, and went to school together until my mom moved away!

Mom and Connie

Saturday was graduation day. Mom and I had breakfast and then headed to Target to pick up warmer clothes because it was a little chillier in Omaha than in Tennessee or Atlanta. After that, mom, Patrick, and I headed out to drive around the city. My mom showed us all the houses she grew up in, and the houses we lived in when we all lived here. It was really cool to reminisce and see where my mom grew up.

For lunch, I stopped by Whole Foods and grabbed a delicious salad, a yogurt, and a Green machine smoothie. After all I ate the day before, I needed a cleansing meal! From there we headed to Patrick’s graduation. It was held at the church that also runs his school.

The ceremony was lovely. Patrick was the only graduating senior, so he got all the attention! He sang a song and gave a speech, both of which were great. I probably cried more than mom did. Afterward, there was a little reception with lots of tasty food. And I ate WAY too many sweets, as is typical for me.

That night we walked around Omaha’s market district with Patrick and his dad. It’s a pretty cool city, but WAY smaller than Atlanta. It was really weird for me. I don’t know why. The city is nice, though. The streets are clean, the landscaping nice, and there’s just so much land. Everything’s so spread out.

At the Antique Shop

On Sunday, we got up early for a family breakfast at the hotel for Mothers Day. After that we headed to the airport to catch our flight back to Atlanta. It felt like an eternity, but we finally made it home. It was a great weekend. I hope everyone else’s was spent with people they love.



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