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Thursday, June 2, 2016

3 down

In 2013 we listened as Andrew gave a speech at his graduation. In 2015 we listened as Jesse and a friend shared a cello rendition of Welcome to the Jungle. And last night, it was Mariana's turn to share her thoughts with her graduating class.

It's a shame that the powers-that-be have not figured out how to make such a special night a little less boring. Name after name after name. There has to be a more creative way to do this. But since the tradition has been around for a very long time and doesn't seem to be changing any time soon, I guess we're stuck with it.
So we make our own fun and add our own creative elements. For the King family it always starts with the giving of Mom's gift, a jean quilt personalized with pieces of their T-shirts through the years.
And for Mariana, some more special gifts - a sewing kit that was her great-grandmothers, a camera, and her name in lights (kind of).
Now, a special moment is usually when you see your graduate enter for the first time. She rounded the corner and I was all ready for a shot, but then the Good Doctor turned and gave me the cold shoulder.
Oh well. When she went to the stage to sit in a place of honor because she was going to be giving her speech, I thought I had another chance at a great shot. But then she gave me her backside instead.
Oh well, third time's the charm.
Speeches. Names. Blah. Blah. Blah. Blah. The progression of a graduate.

And finally, fun times with friends and family.

Yesterday, graduation. Today, wisdom teeth. Welcome to the real world, Mariana!

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