At best, I have been called a "sap". At worst I have been called entirely too emotional. A former co-worker of mine used to say "Susan , you even cry at card tricks!!" Having said that, I gotta believe that there are other people with me on this Graduation thing.
I really dislike "Pomp and Circumstance" because it makes me cry. I don't care who is graduating, the song is such a symbol of a "passage" in life...it just brings tears to my eyes. This created a bit of a problem last week when I was sitting with the Principal and School Board members at McPherson High on stage. I was honored to be asked to give the commencement speech at the graduation ceremony for their 168 graduates. Including family and friends, there were about twenty-five hundred people in what they call the "Roundhouse."
I thought, no big deal...I don't know anybody here . I will be fine when they start marching in. Wrong!! I tried my best, but tears welled up in my eyes. Now, at McPherson High they not only march in, they march around the whole "Roundhouse." The band and orchestra played a beautiful "Pomp and Circumstance" that lasted quite awhile!! I looked around to see....surely some family members were crying as well. I couldn't find any. They were too busy taking pictures and being proud of their loved one. I looked at the Principal. ....no, he wasn't crying. My eyes met the eyes of a School Board member. I just mouthed the words "I'm sorry" to him. Now, I don't think very many people noticed at all. But I have a question.
Does anybody else find that song and the "passage" that Graduation represents, just a little sad? Am I the only one? Is there anyone out there who is with me on this Graduation thing?? Please let me know.
I have another question. If I shed tears at the ceremonies of people I don't even know, what is going to happen when my girls graduate???????