Small Success Thursday: Dandelions, Exams, and Sacraments


Small Success dark blue outline 800x800Lots of things happened this week, but my favorite moment of the week came when we walked down the hill and the kids saw the grass covered with dandelions. Within minutes, I held a bouquet bigger than a basketball of yellow flowers. That afternoon, when they got off the bus, the lawn held countless puffable balls of dandelion seeds. It took thirty minutes to walk back to the house. We must have made a thousand wishes. My son Paul kept bringing big ones to me and saying, “Here Mom.” I thought he wanted me to hold them for him. But when I didn’t blow away the seeds, he tapped my shoulder and gestured, pretending to blow out candles so I’d know what to do. He high-fived me when I did it well.

The rest of the week moved at a decidedly different pace even if you don’t count going to the doctor’s and getting x-rays for one (negative for a break), and the car making stuttering sounds when I drove yesterday. Our junior is taking exams. The house is not quiet. (I got her headphones). We had some cleaning help and getting ready for the cleaning help was more help than the actual help. When they left, the house looked gorgeous but I didn’t feel we’d won any time from the experience.

We’d asked for help for a reason. This week, we had First Communion! Regina looked so beautiful.

regina first communion

I love watching second graders as they process up the aisle; they look so ready in a way, many times, I forget to be. We feasted with my sister-in-law and the cousins and my mom.


Another reason we tidied up? We hadn’t seen my oldest daughter since Christmas (if you don’t count skyping), but she’s home! It’s hard to believe a whole year of college is in the books. I’m very proud of her work, and am looking forward to getting some slow summer time with her.

We’re also getting ready for my oldest son’s return. He graduates from college in two weeks! The span of four years? Gone! I barely noticed it. I didn’t cry when he went off to college because he didn’t leave the state and we could drive over to his campus if he needed something or we felt Will-sick. But June 20th, he starts graduate school in Dayton, Ohio. My first baby will have really left home. I promise you: that week, I will be a mess.

Hope your week is full of small successes and someone pats you on the back even if it’s something you already do.

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Sherry Antonetti is a mother of ten children, published author of The Book of Helen and a freelance writer of humor and family life columns. You can read additional pieces from her blog,


  1. Congratulations on your daughter’s First Communion! I hear you on missing your son when he heads off to grad school. My oldest attended college only 30 minutes away (and my daughter is there now). Far enough that they can feel independent but close enough to come home for Sunday dinner if they want. I miss him now that he’s out of school and living on his own, an hour away. I’m very proud of him, but I do miss him.

  2. The dandelions have been a big hit with my kids, too! I prefer them brining me the yellow ones than blowing the white ones though! Congratulations to your daughter!

  3. IS he going to UD? Dayton is my hometown. I live about 20 miles south, Congratulations on several milestones in the family.

  4. Congratulations on all the Big Things! And I love dandelions, except in the vegetable garden. (Maybe I should just learn to make dandelion wine or something.) But on the lawn, I have given up on trying to keep them out. So our lawn is filled with the pretty yellow flowers. Ever think God looks at us trying to kill all the dandelions and grow other stuff, then He just laughs at us? “I’ve given you this hardy plant that YOU CAN’T KILL and you spend half your summer trying to get rid of them! They’re even like two different flowers, you silly children!”

  5. Missed you last week.
    Sounds like your life is busy as usual. We love Dandelions… exams – not so much. HA
    But your daughter makes my heart smile.
    Love First Holy Communion Day.

  6. Sherry Antonetti on

    Thanks everyone. Christine, your comments crack me up…because I’m certain God is giving all these dandelions to us so we’ll slow down and enjoy the afternoon.

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