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(Why am I celebrating) Post 100!

I wonder when it was that we (let’s say North American society) decided that it was essential to celebrate all things with “anniversaries” and “graduations.”  As a high school teacher I get to hear about the one month anniversary between students so often that I’ve stopped pointing out that “anniversary” actually means something to which one returns on a yearly basis.

I’ve also encountered at least one (my daughter) kindergarten graduation with another one (my son) on the way this June.  Not that I don’t find joy in the milestones of my children but a graduation is the act of conferring on someone a degree.  I know that it’s a beautiful thing to see a bunch of six year olds smiling as their moms take bad photos of them singing some cute rendition of a song that has little to do with “graduating” and everything to do with being cute, but it feels a little like we want to attach gravitas to everything we do.

Can’t we just take joy in something that is wonderful without tacking on a weighty title?  Can’t we just love what we do and see and leave it at that?  Why is it not important enough that my son is moving from kindergarten to grade one that we have to make it a “graduation?”  Why can’t my students make their way from one class to another without some kind of iTunes soundtrack making their lives into a living t.v. show?  Why is it that we take the “pomp”out of everything by attaching “circumstance” to anything?  Did that last sentence even make sense?  I don’t know, but I certainly feel like we’re trying to make every moment in our lives bigger than it actually is.  But, hey, this is just one little blogger sharing his ideas with you.  What do I know?

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f8; ISO 100; 1/320 sec.

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3 responses

  1. nothing much

    i demand an applause every time i take in oxygen.

    it’s a big deal.

    (aka: i agree with you. we are trying to find significance in all the wrong places.)

    May 23, 2010 at 10:14 am

    • No kidding. I run a student leadership program and the hardest thing to get through the skulls of my students is that what we (leaders) do is not for glory or greatness, but to make things great for others. If glory comes along with that, it is a byproduct of what we do, not the goal.

      Sheesh, I seem to be passionate about this.

      May 23, 2010 at 6:09 pm

      • nothing much

        there is only corruption in leading for personal benefit. it’s a race-wide epidemic.

        at least you’re passionate about something, i suppose.

        May 23, 2010 at 9:34 pm