Overheard between two recent high school graduates: "Hey man, how much did you make off your graduation?" "Man, I got almost six hundred dollars! Lots of checks and some cash. You?"
...and so the conversation continued. You may wish to blast me for this blog, but blast away, at least I'm not "obligated" to send you a check. Having said that, let me ask: Am I obligated to give a gift to everyone that sends me an invitation?
Yes, I know it's an accomplishment when one graduates from high school, but it used to be that it really was a big deal. However, that was yeeearrrsss ago. Nowadays, high school graduation is pretty much a given. The bigger deal is to graduate from college. Look, I don't discount that there are many wonderful young people who have obtained the highest educational level that they'll be able to reach and it is for them that I truly celebrate. I applaud them and will lavish them with praise and a check. Now, back to the ones who we expected to graduate h.s. and for whom it's just a bump in their educational road to higher success. I sit here looking at no less than 27 invitations to various graduation ceremonies and 6 of them I don't even know. What's with that?? Do I plan to send them a gift? Truth? No. Thank you for letting me know that you made it. I'm pleased for you. Glad you made it. Who are you?
Yep, those of you reading this may have a whole new opinion of me but I'm willing to risk it. I just don't think that graduation should be made into an easy 'money-making' venture nor do I think anyone should feel obligated to shell out moola to someone they don't know simply because the sender invested 43 cents to let me know they made it. Perhaps your invitation should read: "I graduated from high school. Your prompt check will be appreciated". But, to those of you who I've watched grow up, cheered your successes and actually feel a tweak of pride for you and for your parents, I will celebrate with you. Watch the mail.