Mom, Brigid, and Katie are visiting my cousin’s graduation and award presentation while I pick up Kevin from his morning exams. Between you and me, I despise award ceremonies: too much pomp and circumstance for my taste. Beyond elementary school and kindergarten celebrations (most of my siblings and their friends loved showing off for their parents), what use do they serve? For although the awards themselves laud the achievements and successes of the individual, the ceremony itself too often mires in extravagant spectacle, ambiguous speeches, and donation requests.
“The teachers and staff at St. Anastasia’s would like to congratulate the graduating class for this awesome achievement, and hope that you will remember us as the turning point for your academic and financial careers” Translation: give us money when you succeed in getting some yourself. Continue reading