I attended my sons graduation ceremony last night (from 8th grade – I’m not THAT old!). It was a proud moment for everyone. Today, his class is going to Great America to celebrate their last day of Middle School.
It was SO hot in that gymnasium. I swear it was well over 100 degrees in there. What? No air conditioning in public schools? I’m sure, somehow, that is Bush’s fault. My Mom, Dad, my daughter and myself all sat together – fanning ourselves. It’s worth noting that his father was a no-show. He didn’t even call. Bastard.
The principal talked in the beginning about how the school was built in 1941 – 1942, in the midst of WWII. He talked about D-Day rememberences and asked the audience to give a round of applause to any vets attending that evening. The applause was resounding and long.
They opened the ceremony with the Pledge of Allegiance. The principal asked everyone to please keep former President Reagan and his family in their thoughts as they face the American Flag and recite the pledge. Then we recited the Pledge – – complete with the line ‘One Nation, Under God’ – and as an atheist, I can tell you I was not offended nor did the building fall down upon us.
All of that in a public school – do you believe it? The ACLU would’ve had a fit and I’m sure any liberals in the crowd were not impressed.
Unfortunately, the entire ceremony was overshadowed by the horrendous heat. We were baking in that room and everyone, while very proud of their kid, was focused on getting back outside where we could actualy breathe!
It was a nice ceremony – and in the end, I’m prouder than heck of that kid. He’s pretty proud of himself, too – though he’ll never say it.
The scan turned out badly – – the lighting in that gymnasium was pretty bad…but you get the general idea.