The summer of 2021 is almost officially here. Yesterday my granddaughter graduated from high school. Big difference from when her brother graduated three years ago. Then entire families jammed into the field house at McDaniel College. This ceremony took place in an agricultural exhibit hall with only 4 tickets per family. Becky says it is called the cow palace. A big open cement floored building with giant fans slowly spinning and sprinkler heads that looked more like rain shower heads than commercial sprinklers. Giant signs announcing upcoming events instead of sports champion flags. Plastic wobbly chairs instead of bleachers. The weather held off until graduation was over and then the rains began. It wasn’t too bad at first, so we joined the throngs headed to the high school where photo op areas were set up. It was more like a reunion though. Many of these kids had only seen each other a handful of times since March a year ago. Gerri was a Girl Scout leader for many years, so her girls surprised her by setting up a photo op with them. Dinner was at a local favorite, an Irish pub. it was raining slightly by the time we got there, but after a lovely dinner, the floodgates opened. It was raining so hard that every time a car passed the front door got washed. Home to wonderful cake and tv. Today was the official date for my grandson’s graduation from the community college. They are having a drive through ceremony so he decided to forego it. From what we could gather, whole families get in car with graduate driving or behind driver and anytime between 10 and 12 go to the college, get in line, turn in paperwork, get a blank diploma holder, drive further, have name announced (over a bullhorn we think), pick up actual diploma and drive out. He opted out, ceremonies are not really his thing anyway. In August they will both be attending college. He will be working on completing his bachelor’s degree in Cyber Security. She decided to got to the community college and take a variety of courses to find her passion. I am so proud of them, they are both sensible and proactive on their futures. Onward to new adventures.