This week, that same girl graduated from High School. And her parents are still proud of her. So is her Grandma.
Things have changed. A virus swept in. People were confined to their homes. Boston spent the last few weeks of her school year taking her classes online. There was no Senior Prom. Her graduation party had to be postponed until later this summer. The traditional graduation ceremony was cancelled.
Boston's school, however, did a great thing. They found a way to have a memorable graduation for the kids in spite of the virus and all the restrictions still in place.
My son drove his family to the school. Lining the driveway were signs about the size of the political signs we see in yards - 380 of them - one for each graduate, with their photo and the word "Congratulations." On a tall fence hung a huge banner honoring the school sports teams who could not compete this season. Further on a stage had been erected.
When it was her turn, Boston got out of the car and walked across the stage to the strains of "Pomp and Circumstance" to receive her diploma. Further down the stage, pictures were taken to commemorate the event. Her family remained in the car but were able to watch their daughter receive her diploma.
The teachers who were taking part in the ceremony remained on the stage from 9 AM until the last diploma was given at 8 PM. Those school officials have my utmost respect for doing everything they could under the circumstances, to give the Class of 2020 a graduation ceremony to remember.
But most of all I am so proud of this girl.
She kept up her grades while holding down one and sometimes two part time jobs. And come fall, she is off to the University. We feared that the U of M would hold classes online only, but I just heard today that the decision has been made to open the doors for regular classes for the fall semester.
Boston, this one is for you. You make me proud. Congratulations!