Sunday, May 30, 2010

8th Grade Graduation

At 6'1" and on crutches, Jack graduated from 8th grade on Friday. He goes to an all boys school so having crutches actually set him apart from the sea of adolescent blue jackets...


And he was psyched because he was the only one wearing shorts...


I suppose that made up for not being allowed to wear his hat.

Crutches awarded him a minor celebrity status with friends taking his picture...


And forever stealing his crutches...


When you see 13 year old boys in a group like that, they really are pretty endearing and very predictable.

You can kind of see them as adult men and hope that they never quite fully grow up. That they keep some of that boyish charm...


But what made the day so incredibly great was not Jack's crutches. It was that my Dad was there and could remember himself as that boy 60 years ago when he graduated from 8th grade.


That was the best.

I received an unexpected gift while I was there that day. I'll share that surprise with you tomorrow. But it has something to do with this post...

12 comments:

Allison Ann Aller said...

What a beautiful age those boys are...you captured the spirit well, too.
And wow has Jack stretched since I saw him a year ago!!!!
Congratulations to you and your family...now it is on to high school!

Sheila said...

Wow! 6'1"?!? And he's 13? My goodness. You've got a few things to look up...ahem...forward to, huh? Congratulations on the big milestone, mom! You've got a high schooler. How are *you* doing with that? Hee, hee... You can see Jack and the other boys are all over that idea. Perfect Cheshire Cat grins with cream. :) Pretty neat to have your dad there, too. Tradition is a wonderful thing.

Congrats again, all around.

Gerry Krueger said...

Well if the crutches hadn't set him apart, those pants and the neon green cast would have done the trick.... You REALLY should have coordinated the tie and the cast..... LOL

Sounded like a memorable day for all. Hugs Ger...

Judy S. said...

Congrats to all! I'm sure your dad (and you) were thinking, "Where does time go?" Kids sure are a constant reminder of the passage of time, aren't they?

vicki said...

O my gosh what precious, precious pictures. I absolutely love the one of the boys all together - what a fine looking boy is your son! Crutches and all!

I had no idea you were from Ellicot city - love it there! Have visited several times when I come up to go to the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival. I have a friend whose daughter is a chef at a french restaurant in EC. Small world!

Vicki

Marnie said...

Congrats to Jack! The world is their oyster. So glad your Dad could participate in the day. What a tremendous blessing to have family and be close. Can't wait to hear more about your surprise too!

Carol said...

That Jack has sure been full of it this year!!

Your Dad looks great. Another happy memory for all of you.

What in the world were you gifted and how does it involve Mrs Delaney? You are always full of surprises.

Elizabeth said...

One can see the envy on the other boys faces as Jack cruises by in his cool plaid shorts!!!! It was hot on Friday!!! So glad that you were able to have your Dad with you- such special times with all of your guys!!
I am very curious about your gift- Mrs Delaney was an amazing artist!!!

black bear cabin said...

looks like everyone had a wonderful time! your photos captured the moment perfectly! Congrats to Jack!

a2susan said...

Congratulation to Jack and you and Jim on his graduation! What, no hat?!

I hope he has a wonderful summer, sans skateboard...

Ingrid Mida said...

What a special day that was for all of you! Congratulations to Jack. Looks like he stole the show.

Heather J. said...

I know I'm REALLY late on this, but congratulations to Jack! He has the best smile. :) I hope he's healing on schedule and that he's back to both feet soon!

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