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Greetings, my fellow port swillers!

Mrs. Robbo, Youngest Gel, and I went over to the gel’s high school this morning to receive her diploma.

Because we’re still in the middle of lockdownpalooza, the “ceremony” is being spooled out over three days, with kids showing up one by one (by appointment), and being held outside in the parking lot.  When I first read about this, I was…..skeptical, to say the least.

The process involved two stations.  First, one pulled up next to a table, where the principal duly conferred the diploma through the car window and teh guidance counselor handed in a goody bag.  Second, one moved up to a little dais with a banner and balloons.  There the gel put on cap and gown and posed for her picture with her degree while the vice-principal congratulated her and Elgar blared in the background.  (I believe this was for people to film.)

Finally, there were various spots around the lot where one could take one’s own pics against appropriate backgrounds.

And do you know, we actually found ourselves rather liking this arrangement.  Sure, Constitution Hall downtown (our regular venue) is pretty cool, but getting there is a major pain the neck, one has to sit through a lot of tedious speeches, and the kidz are shoved across the stage at speed.  Here, on the other hand, we wound of chatting with the principal, counselor, and several of the gel’s favorite teachers, and really taking our time moving down the line.  It was very much more personal and, therefore, meaningful.

I asked the vice-principal how he was managing to listen to an endless loop of “Pomp & Circumstances” for three solid days without puncturing his eardrums.  He laughed and said he found simply blotting it out of his mind to be an interesting challenge.

All in all, a good time.




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