Sunday, June 14, 2009

8th Grade Graduation

The 8th grade parents put together a lovely graduation party evening for the kids as they moved from middle to high school. I was so amazed to see all the kids dressed up - the girls in particular looked so grown up and beautiful. I don't know if there was a parent in the room who was prouder or schmuckier than me :)

After dinner, a PowerPoint of kids's photos and the film of the Japan trip, we had some great awkward middle school dancing. The students became acquainted with my mad Hokey Pokey skills, which date back to my freshman year of college, when my roommate Connie used to put it on and we'd all go running into the common room to do it for a study break. (We also declared a mandatory moratorium on academics whenever the movie Selena came on television, which for some reason happened like nine times that year). I also do a mean YMCA, but my chicken dance skills pale in comparison with the master: Justin's mom. Kath, I salute you!

Here's Justin and me. Seeing as I went to holiday dances, decade dances, and even my junior and senior proms with my female friends, this is the first picture I've ever had with myself and a male at a school dance. (One might have been taken when I went to one at another school but I never saw it). And I had to be on the faculty to get there. Sad, really.Here I am with Naomi Sensei, of the Japan Trip and Disneyjoy. When I make a list of the coolest people I've ever been lucky enough to know, she'll be in my top five.

All in all, a terrific evening.



Those balloons are *awesome*.

Maria said...

Wow -- I just stumbled upon your blog. What an amazing life you are leading! I hadn't thought about our freshmen year suite in a long time until reading this entry. I remember Selina but don't remember the hokey pokey (how could I have forgotten?). Hope all is well in Scotland!!