ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, family, friends and faculty gather in hot, stuffy gymnasiums or auditoriums to celebrate high school and college graduations.
The honored students perch on hard folding chairs, fidgeting, sweating in their caps and gowns, some crying, others smiling, most simply wishing the ceremony over.
Speakers speak of friendships and memories, of lessons learned and lessons yet to be learned, of the past and of the future.
Mothers wipe away tears. Cameras flash. Applause rings out and choirs sing.
And then the graduates march, down the aisle, tassels swaying, smiles wide, into the waiting arms of those who love them enough to let them go.
© Copyright 2010 Audrey Kletscher Helbling