Do we have any graduates here?

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Do we have any graduates here?
Sat, 05-03-2014 - 11:15am

Any of your teens graduating from high school or 8th grade? When is graduation? Will you have an open house? My boys are both well out of high school but I'm invited to a few open houses the weekend of May 17-18. Our local high school graduation is the 18th. We had open houses for both the boys for high school graduation but not for 8th grade. I know some people do but we kind of figured these days everyone graduates from 8th grade - it's not like it was 100 years ago when that was a bigger accomplishment.

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Mon, 05-05-2014 - 5:53pm

Yes my son is graduating from high school on June 7--we will have some kind of party, probably at his dad's house.  My son is so unlike my DD who wanted to plan everything.  I asked him if he wanted the party on the same weekend as the grad or a different weekend and he doesn't care, said he doesn't even care if he has a party--he is  less social than my DD who had to make sure her party didn't conflict with her many friends' parties.  This Wed. is senior scholarship night--we know heis getting one but don't know what.  There are a lot of $500 scholarships given out, like people who started a memorial scholarship for a family member, so I'm not getting too excited about it.  Oh and right after grad, he arranged to go for college orientation--he is super excited, he picked the first one available.

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Mon, 05-05-2014 - 11:31pm
Congratulations to your son Musiclover!!!! And it’s good to hear that he is most happy with where he is going to college. These are exciting times for both him and his momma. They may come out of the same mold, but every kid is different. I still think HS graduation is a milestone and rite of passage into adulthood. I don’t know the percentages but a hundred years ago formal education ended for most at eighth grade or below. You don’t need a lot of formal education to be a farmer or a blacksmith. And with average life expectancy around 45, you don’t have time to wait on marriage and child bearing. And as harsh as that life was, those folks called it the “American Dream.” Even before WWII few students went beyond high school. Then the Roosevelt’s conceived of the idea of a GI Bill of Rights with education money for the “greatest generation” as they returned home. And as “W” said about his father’s generation in his first convention acceptance of his party’s nomination, “They came home from the war, put their medals in a drawer, and went about creating a wonderful inheritance for their children and grandchildren.” Those college educations gave us the brain power to put men on the moon, build computers that would allow baby boomers like Jobs and Gates to put a computer in all of our hands, etcetera. I wonder if the Roosevelts had the slightest idea what those education benefits would do for America and the world. I would love to hear their thoughts about America today and the thoughts of MLK Jr. about America today.
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Tue, 05-06-2014 - 9:44am

I've got two graduates-- Gregory is graduating from HS on May 31, and Christopher is graduating from community college on May 16.  Just a family brunch afterwards for Chris (he didn't want any hoopla for HS grad either), but Greg is having a big open house on June 1 at a local community center.   He's so popular and is involved in so many different groups that we pretty much HAVE to have an open house.  He's only moderately involved in the planning--I've asked him what kinds of foods he wants and if there are any other things he wants to have. He said those little individual containers of bubbles--some of his friends had them at their open houses last year, and everyone loves them.  (guess they're not such "big kids" after all).   The mom of one of his friends who graduated last year gave us all of her left over decorations in our school colors-- plates and napkins, yard signs, table decorations, even cupcake liners and little plastic toothpicks with mortarboards on them!   It will save us a nice bit of money not having to buy all that stuff.


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Tue, 05-06-2014 - 1:45pm

Bubbles are fun, as long as not too much ends up on the floor making it slippery.  You don't want injuries at the party!  Do AVOID silly string--it's hell to clean up.  It's really nice to the party somewhere other than the house.  The parties when my kids graduated HS were at home, and it was a mountain of work--both before AND after.  Have Fun!!!

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Wed, 05-07-2014 - 8:38am

We had Matt's open house in our backyard, because we were able to borrow a large dining fly tent from his Boy Scout troop. Greg's not in Boy Scouts, so we don't have that available to us.  I looked at the price of renting the hall, and decided that my time was worth at least that much--I'd have to spend so much time and energy trying to get the house and yard presentable, and right now, I don't have that kind of time.  This will be much easier--and probably more considerate of the neighbors, since we live on a cul-de-sac and parking is at a premium.  The hall  has a parking lot, which will be nice, because Greg has a large and varied group of friends and well wishers who are likely to attend the party.

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Wed, 05-07-2014 - 10:23pm

I've got two graduates!

DD 17 graduates June 9th. The evening ceremony will be short and sweet with a small reception at the house afterwards. We only invited family (which is quite large) and her boyfriend and his family. It's too complicated to invite friends from school and activities as they all have their own graduations and celebrations to manage. Instead, DD is planning a beach bonfire celebration in July to celebrate with friends. End of August, she moves across the country for college!

DS 13 graduates from 8th grade two weeks later. His ceremony is in the morning and we'll have a light luncheon for family at the house after. 8th grade is a bigger deal around here because it's the end of their time in the local school district (which is very tight knit.) After graduation, the students are split up between several area high schools and then some, like my son, will be communiting to specialty schools across the county.