School is out and most graduations are over. Central High School, in Burden, graduated 22 seniors on the morning of Saturday, May 20. We were invited to the graduation and a party following, held in Atlanta at the Atlanta Senior Citizen Center.
Photos of the graduate were displayed on large moveable bulletin boards (approximately 4’ x 6’) and cleverly on a palette where string was strung across the boards and photos were clipped to the string with clothespins.
There were many guests, most of whom we were acquainted with. A delicious meal was prepared mostly by the graduate’s mother and grandmother, and friends of the mother helped in the kitchen and with clean-up. The atmosphere was casual, and it was easy to drift from one group to another to say “Hello, how are you.”
My point in writing about this event is two-fold. One, it was a pleasant easy-going event in a comfortable space and second, it pointed out that our Atlanta Senior Center is available for use by residents for casual events like birthday parties, overflow for holiday dinners, special church or organizational meetings and crafting. There is a small charge for those who do not belong to the senior association, but not at all prohibitive.
We also attended our last grandchild’s graduation ceremony in Colby a few weeks ago. They also had a party, combined with four or five of his friends into one big, decorated room in what was called the convention center. It was fun but not as intimate as the one in Atlanta – there were too many people and, of course, we didn’t know very many of them.
If anyone ever has a doubt, America moves by truck – semis and pickups! We traveled on I-35 and I-70 to Colby and if we passed one semi, we passed several at one time (all traveling at or below the speed limit).
At one of the rest stops, there were eight semis on one side of the highway and 5 or 6 on the other side of the highway.
So, good luck to all the 2023 graduates. Our grandson is going on to college and the Atlanta grad is going to Goodland to Northwest Kansas Technical College. We wish them the best in their new-found freedom!
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