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C.C. and Schuyler Atkins

C.C. and Schuyler Atkins

Favorite daughter’s graduation is June 3 and boy is she ready. Her college plans are set, lease is signed, summer plans confirmed…she’s “good to go.”

As for me being “good to go,” well, maybe not as much.

C.C.’s best buddy since elementary school, Schuyler Atkins, recently helped me organize a birthday dinner for C.C. and her friends via text messages. Schuyler has spent several summer beach vacations with us, and C.C. has traveled on vacations with Schuyler’s family as well.

The girls have been participating in theater productions together throughout high school. Schuyler played the queen of the fairies, Titania, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors this year. C.C.’s big role was as Audrey in Little Shop and she had the smaller role of Starveling in Midsummer.

I’ve spent a lot of time being a “theater mom” at our school over the past six years, and as they finished their final production, the crazy, busy “Karin” part of me wanted to breathe a sigh of relief that there won’t be cast meals for 40-plus kids to prepare and four-hour rides on a school bus to Thespian conference. But the Mom side of me isn’t feeling much relief—just a melancholy ache that comes with big change and watching your children head off to their futures.

As the girls head off to college, one of the biggest things I’ll miss will be Schuyler’s very distinctive laugh. C.C. cracks Schuyler up...always has. I’ve been awakened during many a sleepover by Schuyler’s laughter in the wee hours and that, my friends, is something I will dearly miss.

Here’s to the bright futures of these two longtime besties. As they say in the theater, “Break a Leg.” And, please, let’s have a few more nights of Schuyler’s laughter at Casa Calloway before you both head off to college!

Until July,


Karin Calloway is a wife and mother of two. She’s also a journalist and recipe developer who writes the Wednesday cooking column for The Augusta Chronicle ( You can follow Karin at Check out Karin’s cooking blog at

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