We’ve struggled with grades this year. He got a part time job at the beginning of the year and I think that took away the energy and time he would have used for studying. If I had it to do over again would I forbid him to work…no, but perhaps I would have insisted he wait a month or two until his grades were higher.
But, despite the job and other distractions, he passed. Our family spent Saturday morning at his commencement. The valedictorian won national awards for the debate team, and his speech was inspirational. So much so, I wish it were on you tube so I could share it with you.
A strange thing happened to me while we waited for the ceremony to begin.
We arrived at the school at 8:00 am. The ceremony didn’t start until 10:00, but my son wanted to be sure we got the best seats.
The gymnasium has a stage in it and was decorated beautifully. Chairs were set upon the stage to hold the graduating class. All ninety of them. In front of the stage were row upon row of chairs. Some reserved for the school board, some for guest speakers, and some for the press. Our family sat directly behind the school board, on the proper side to see my son’s face as he walked across the stage.
Eventually, people started filling in. At 9:00 they really began to arrive. Quite a few would stand at the front near us with their hands on their hips and loudly lament that they missed the “good seats.” (It pays to get there extremely early.) On our row, there was another family on the other end, which left two seats between us and the family next to us. Most other groups had over five and therefore no use for our two seats.
About 9:30 a man come up the row behind me. He leaned down into my field of vision and asked, “Is this seat taken?”
I gestured toward the chair next to me. “No, it’s all yours.”
“Thanks,” he said. Then he griped the seat, lifted it over his head, and walked away with it.
The woman from the other family on my row, whom I’d been chatting with, blinked a few times. “I guess he took you literally.”
Of course, I immediately wrote it down. As I’ve said before, sometimes real life is where awesome stories are born. I think my husband, mother-in-law, and daughter laughed more at me than they did at him.
Have you ever been so surprised by someone’s actions you have to look around to be sure others saw it too?