Milestone at my house last weekend. Alex graduated from high school on June 12th. Very likely the last school district on the planet to hold commencement exercises, but that’s ok. It let me hold on to thoughts of my baby just a couple of weeks longer. Oh, okay. I’ll hold on to them forever, but those twelve years went by in a flash.
Graduation is held at the University of North Texas Mean Green (only they’re just not that mean) stadium because it’s the only place around here that can accommodate the gigantic schools in the district. The FMHS Class of 2010 had about 635 735 kids (update, Alex corrected me on this). Add all their brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and some friends, and that’s a house full. Here the graduates are lining up. Alex is the guy in the dark gray shirt, black tie.
We were late getting there, so we made him walk from the service road to the stadium. All students had to leave their contraband behind. Alex was looking for us when we finally got there because he couldn’t take in anything except one car key. Nothing else. Except underpants. No extras, though, but I can see where an extra pair of underpants might come in handy on graduation day or any other ceremony where you have to walk in a long dress without tripping in front of thousands of people! He had taken his wallet also, and so it was a good thing we happened by when we did, ’cause he didn’t have his phone to call us either (phones were definitely on the no-no list).
We were glad Alex had highlights so we could find him in the dark blue sea of 635 735 graduating seniors.
Finally, the “N’s”!
…looking happy and a little bit proud of himself!
and hugging a favorite counselor on the way back to his chair…
Alex after the ceremony with Sara and Daniel
with Anna Pam and Uncle Don
with Nanny and Grandaddy
and with us.
…and then the five of us. The Neal grandparents and Aunt Kelly were also in attendance, but unfortunately we only got pictures of them before the ceremony, on their camera. They were out in the parking lot bravely fighting traffic as we took these pictures. I’ll have to post an update at a later date.
Getting back to the basics, playing with bubbles back at home (bubbles, the perfect graduation gift!). Actually, we did get Alex something else to mark this momentous occasion, but bubbles seemed a nice little extra.
The next day we held a brunch to honor Alex and his friends and bandmates, Tyler & Jacob. I took a few pictures just before the party, and didn’t take any more after it actually started (again, unfortunately!), but here’s the cake before it got mutilated. We talked about carving Nick’s head out since he hasn’t graduated yet, but that seemed a bit harsh. However, Daniel managed to carve Alex’s head out of the middle of the cake and showed everyone whose head he was about to devour. Then the other guys mutilated each other’s faces on the cake, so you see, just because a kid turns 18 and graduates, doesn’t mean he’s grown up. No, not so much.
A collage poster that Alex and I put together the night before…
Some band memorabilia and the band – Tyler, Alex & Nick (unfortunately, Jacob is missing from this picture).
So, happy graduation guys! The future is bright! As of this writing, Alex has already been to his college orientation and registered for his fall classes. Being the last to graduate also makes for a short summer! Before you know it, he’ll be moving into the dorm. Nope, don’t want to think about that just yet…
Update… after reading my friend Char’s blog about her son graduating also, I realized I didn’t even say how uber proud we are of Alex. Sorry, Alex! I know you told me never to use the word “uber” again, so I’ll rephrase… we are ultra proud to be your parents, as proud as we can be, and are absolutely bursting at the seams with pride and love for you! I’ll stop there because I’m out of kleenex.
There, that’s better!