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Tanner's Man Card

Note: My oldest grandson, Tanner, went to his first school dance tonight—Homecoming—with his good friend Madi. He was telling me how he asked her and I asked him to share the story with you.

Madi lives in our neighborhood, and we’ve been friends for a long time. She comes over sometimes and has my mom do her hair (Mom’s a stylist and has a salon in our house). A few weeks ago, I was listening to her and my mom talk while she was getting her hair done, and she found out that I didn’t have my driver’s license yet. She started giving me a hard time, telling me that not having a driver’s license was like not having a man card. I kidded around with her, but I have to admit our conversation was a little motivation for me to think about getting my license.

That’s the first part of the story.

The second part is that when I found out she hadn’t been asked to homecoming yet, I decided to ask her. My dad went commando on it, bringing out the “Dude, You’re Welcome Kit.”  There’s this sticker in the kit that says “Official Man Card,” so it worked perfectly. I wrote a note saying, “I know I don’t have my driver’s license, but here’s my man card!” We put it on a lanyard and everything. It was perfect.

She replied by putting caution tape on my front door and string all over the yard, then hiding a note that said, “Sorry for stringing you along. I would love to go to homecoming with you.”

So, I’m going to the dance with her tonight. I’m not driving, of course. . . but I’m working on it!



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Awww what am awesome story! You are indeed 'The Man' Tanner! You both look fabulous!
September 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterClaire Daly
What a great story! And so glad you found someone that is as creative as you!
September 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
so lovely, its great to have good friends and friends with a sense of humor too. Lovely pic....all dressed up and ready to go
September 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichele Jutrisa
This is SO sweet!! I love it when good friends do things like this for each other! So creative, so sweet, and so many great memories!! Two beautiful young people that will probably be friends for life (my "Tanner" lives 4 hrs south of me & we've known each other over 25 yrs)! Keep working on that license, Tanner....and keep prodding him along, Madi! ^_~
September 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAngie Page
They look like a match made in heaven! Wonderful story!
September 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebi Pippin
First of all, let me say, aww, Tanner and Madi! You can see that you two are already comfortable being around one another. Good, lasting friendships are very important as you get older, and not so easy to come by. I'm sure you had a wonderful time at your Homecoming Dance. Treasure these memories.

And, BTW-how so totally creative and clever of the both of you with your invite and response!

Now...Mom and Dad, look out!
September 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeth Steel
Good luck with your driving, Tanner. My son will probably take his driver's test in November. It's a little daunting - especially if there's snow! Thanks for sharing your great story :)
September 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShauna Mikuliak
What a cute story! And they look picture-perfect against that wonderful background. So nice to see a guy who is not afraid to be creative and obviously his good friend responded very well to it and showed how creative she too can be.

Thanks for sharing this great story. Hope you continue to get better every day. You are surrounded by love, that is such a great help in any recovery.

Take care.
September 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLouise Cyr (ON, Canada)
How cute is that!!!! Wonderful to see clean-cut kids doing clean-cut things!
September 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEvelyn in Oregon
I was thinking....how creative both of them are, Madi & Tanner. It's like a match made in a scrapbook!! They will both remember this occasion for life, look back on it, and giggle!!
Thanks for sharing Tanner!! Good Luck with getting your license!! Just remember, no texting, no radio, no distractions, and no driving friends to places, by yourself until 30 days are under your belt!
I have a grand-daughter just about to start her driver's ed classes, sorry if I am stern. I gave her, Jordyn, the same speal. Your in great hands with mom & dad and also with gram & grampa...lol!
September 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGay Ferland
SERIOUSLY cute! What a great story!
September 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristyne
Tanner, what an awesome way to ask someone to Homecoming. I am sure she will remember it as much as you will. Thanks for sharing your story with all of us at StampinUp! Best of luck to you when you do take your test.
September 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCindy
What a sweet story! I hope you had a great time Tanner and Madi!
September 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJill K. Harris
What clever, creative ideas from the both of you kids! : ) Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to hear how the dance went! Hope you had a great time!

Take care - Dianna
September 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDianna Richards
Tanner, I'm probably at least twice your age so I realize I'm not "cool" anymore so my opinion may not be as important ;0) BUT I just had to make sure that you were told, repeatedly, just HOW AWESOME your invite to the dance was... In high school I always came up with creative ways to ask my date to a dance (and yes, typically, I did the asking, not the boys! I wanted to go & didn't feel like waiting for someone to ask me, ya know? ;0) and I would have LOVED to have met a guy even half as creative as me! Keep the creative juices flowing - not only is creativity a personality trait that many just don't have but that unique trait will make you really popular with everyone (especially the ladies!)

Hugs to you!
Christine aka The Stampin' Ninja
Love your work, Tanner! And Madi's response. I hope you both had a wonderful time at Homecoming.
And good luck with learning to drive and getting your licence.
Truly Fantastic!
This is something they will both remember forever. Very romantic for a young age.
October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharon H
What a great story. Hope you had a wonderful time! : )
October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDawn MacKay
Cute, cute, cute! Tanner is a doll!! Such a cool grandson!!
October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRee Nathan
Thoughtful gentleman - check
Good sense of humor - check
Terrific smile with sparkly eyes - check
Willingness to put some spin on the style - check

= man? nah

= hunk! You betcha!!
October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDona Stallworth
What a great story! I see he has your creativity, Shelli. Thank you for sharing...love the pictures!
October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia Fleming
That is so clever and creative and so awesome!
October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa Pingel
What a sweet story. Thanks for sharing. I hope you both had a wonderful time :)
October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
I totally agree with Dona Stallworth, above. Tanner you are priceless! I'm sure that you and Madi had a good time at the dance. Wish I was even half as inventive as either one of you.
Shelli, continue to listen to your doctors and hubby. You are doing great. If the love and prayers of all the demonstrators could be bottled and used as a cure, you'd have been fine ages ago. BTW...miss hearing from 'the hacker'...he's a good writer with a bit of a different viewpoint!! Love to hear how he feels about how things are going...hint, hint. Prayers, hugs and kisses to all...God bless.
October 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Deline

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