On June 18th my son graduated from 8th grade. The last few weeks were busy with his classmates going to Great America, their dinner dance on June 17th and then graduation. Their graduation was held at the local Junior college theater. The school gave us 6 graduation tickets each. The boy’s grandma and our neighbor and her son went to the graduation. The rest of the family had to work that day.
The ceremony was lovely and touching. The graduates filed in in pairs of twos and threes. They sat down on the stage. There were several classmates who gave speeches. One of the girls whose speech they used mentioned every one of her classmates with a few words about them. It brought tears to my eyes. The speeches were very good. They had a wonderful slide show of all the graduates with baby pictures, doing something they loved and a current picture. After the slide show they handed out the diplomas. The boy was in the front row so he got his diploma first. Afterwards, we all filed out of the theater and took pictures with the graduates. A couple of his friends gave him candy leis.
Off to high school next year. I almost can’t believe it. It wasn’t that long ago that my little boy was starting kindergarten. Now he and all of his classmates are so grown up! A lot of them he went to school with since kindergarten. Now they are all going off to different schools. Most of them are going to the local high school where they’ll be about a small part of the incoming freshman class, but a lot are going to other schools inside and outside of our district. It was a bittersweet day; leaving our small K-8th school with its close knit community of students, parents and staff that we’ve known so well and long.