She graduates on Saturday (gulp!)

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She graduates on Saturday (gulp!)
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Tue, 06-04-2013 - 8:05am

We hosted a grad party for about 100 people in our backyard on Saturday, then went to the Senior Tea (where the kids and parents have a chance to stand up and thank someone publicly--lots of tears!) on Sunday. Tomorrow, she turns 18. Thursday is Class Day (DD, as salutatorian, gives a speech) and prom (found a date at last after breaking up with her boyfriend), and Saturday is graduation. On July 1, that first whopping tuition payment is due (they do give plenty of warning so you can sell off your assets, pets, younger children, etc.)  and on August 23rd, we drop her off for college orientation.

I'm having trouble believing how quickly the time has passed.

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Wed, 06-05-2013 - 8:08pm

I do think the whole "meaningful work" thing is a big part of this generation. No generation wanted to have a crappy job, of course, but most of us did in our teens because it was money and it was expected of us. But I think kids today expect to find their jobs fulfilling even if they are low-paying.

Will is good with technology and has only applied for tech support jobs, but there are plenty of kids a few years older who have more experience, so this is unlikely to happen. My only requirement is that he not spend the entire summer in the basement playing League of Legends.

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Thu, 06-06-2013 - 10:40am

Congratulations to Abigail on being salutatorian!  Senior Tea sounds like a lovely tradition.  Sounds like lots of <sniff sniff> going on in your house, as in mine.

Monday night was Senior Awards night - thankfully, just the academic and service awards, not sports - with 425 graduating students, doing sports too would have made the night 4 hours long instead of 2!  Tuesday was Senior Day, which is held at a camp in our town, and they got their yearbooks.

Last night was her last orchestra concert.  She played a solo piece for cello, accompanied by her friend the harpist and (very quietly) the rest of the orchestra.  I can't remember the last time I was so nervous - much more nervous than she was!  DD is very modest and quiet, so seeing her out in front and showing hundreds of people what she can do was one of the proudest moments of my life.

Tomorrow night is prom.  She's going with two of her friends, as none of them have dates.  Sunday is her final youth symphony concert - another sniff sniff!  Monday will be her last day of school, but graduation isn't until June 20. 

She's already started training for her summer job at (another) camp in our town (there are a few of them).  Many of her friends work there.  She'll be in the arts camp, reporting to one of her besties. :) 

She does have one other thing planned for the summer.  Her private teacher has been bugging her for a couple of years to do a recital.  She is finally going to do one in July.  She's invited two of her friends to do a Haydn trio with her to finish the performance, and I suggested that she make it a recital of "DD and friends" and invite each of her friends to perform a piece as well (one plays violin, one plays flute).  She's quite excited about it.

And...she can register for her freshman classes on Monday!  Ash, thanks for reminding me about that whopping big payment - not! 

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