Thursday, October 8, 2009
John Wayne Graduating
I mentioned to Will that his dad and I would be going to the graduation meeting with our homeschool association tonight.
He asked me who was graduating.
I told him HE was graduating. Being that he was a senior in high school and all.
He told me that since he was already taking all college classes, he really didn’t want to do the whole ‘graduation thing’ with our homeschool association.
I was flabbergasted.
NOT do the graduation thing?
I do not know what to think about this. I mean, I guess he’s right. He’s not taking any classes at the co op this year. He is taking all his classes at the community college, and next year he’s just going to continue taking classes at the community college, albeit a different one so he can become a paramedic.
So, I don’t know what to do. No cap and gown. No senior pictures. No commencement address. No graduation photo.
Just hand me the diploma and let’s move on, he says. I don’t really need all the hoopla, he says.
Why does this make me sad? Maybe after homeschooling this kid, my first kid, all the way to graduation, I need all the hoopla.
And don’t you think that one day he’s going to look back at the graduation rite of passage and wish he’d done it? What should I do? I mean, I think if I told him we’re doing it, he would do it, but it would be for me and not because he wants to.
So, pomp and circumstance, or let him walk John Wayne style off into the sunset?