Surprise! It was for her. We staged a surprise graduation party for her during our family reunion this weekend. I’d borrowed a cap and gown from a local high school. It was fantastic. Just ceremonial enough to make the occasion grand, spiced with the adrenaline of surprise. She loved it. We loved her.
One of the perks of homeschool grad is that you get to keep the cap and gown around for a bit and can do things like eat leftover homemade Black Forrest cake for breakfast while wearing them. It’s an occasion, after all. (One of the other perks is the total lack of dress drama that her friends are going through.)
It is amazing to think that she’s done. Graduated. An adult.
I’ve struggled all week to post about this. I think because I feel a pressure to make a Big Moment of this blog. Yet, as with so much of homeschooling, graduation is not so much a Big Moment as a fantastic process of evolution and growth. She’s done because she wanted to work 4 full months at the research station like university students do rather than the 2 months she did last year. She’s done, not because a test told her, or a ceremony, or a diploma, but because she’s moving on to other things. It happened before we could mark it with an occasion.
It’s a big deal, but not a Big Deal. She’s incredible. She’s done this part. It’s all been an adventure and it will all be an adventure. It’s life. Her life. She’s got roses and a diploma we invented, and she’s got plans.