It is that time of year, the end of May, and guess what… everyone graduates now! I have seen so many posts bashing the numerous graduations. First Pre-K, then Kindergarten, then 7th or 8th grade graduation, and of course high school and college. So many people are bashing the extreme amount of graduations, because come on now, by the time they graduate high school it will mean nothing, well guess what – I call BS!!
Seriously WTF?!? In what Universe will High school graduation not mean a thing?
Get over your high superiority “my child will not be spoiled” complex and STFU. There is the argument that these graduations are just an add on to “everyone gets a trophy mentality”, but guess what, not everyone gets promoted. There are kids that are held back in Kindergarten and placed in YK or KD or whatever it is called where you are from. I, for one, as a parent am not celebrating the promotion.
The graduations that were celebrated with my children recently were very meaningful – a symbol of their growth. Their growth from the chubby cheeks, snotty noses, awkward gait, not knowing a soul to making friends, even when that circle changes monthly, from shy little runts to strong spiritual individuals, from knowing only immediate family to having a family of many families. My children go to a small school, and have been classmates with the same kids since they began. Yes, small schools still have their problems, there are still the girls who believe they are better, even the girls who no longer want to be friends with a particular group because that group is not bringing them anywhere socially, but let’s save that for another post.
Graduation festivities can get overwhelming, there are so many events, but honestly what does it hurt to celebrate your child. We had several events that led up to the actual graduation, but I think all of the kids enjoyed them. Even kids who never attended any of the dances/parties throughout the school year attended these.
During the graduation ceremony at school, a slide show of pictures from the beginning of school until now, (their graduation from primary/middle school), was shown. There was sappy music to accompany the pictures that pulled at the parents’ heart strings. Some parents weeped while they watched the pictures of the progression of growth of their babies, and others held strong and probably believed like others that “this is just too much, it’s only 8th grade graduation”, but there was no disrespect, only celebration of growth.
In the end, the teens felt good about themselves. Some walked away upset that they were leaving the only school they knew to go to another bigger, scarier, tougher school, while others couldn’t wait to tackle the road ahead. Their individuality shone through and this was a huge step that they worked at for the majority of their lives. Celebrate them, encourage them, lift them up, they are God’s gift to you, why not cherish every minute!
Tomorrow is not guaranteed, celebrate today, and leave no words unspoken.