Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Pomp and Circumstance

Pete and I attended Deerfield Academy's 210th graduation ceremony Memorial Weekend. Our goddaughter, Natalie, was kind enough to include us in the celebration of her big day. Nat has been a day student at Deerfield for the last two years. Deerfield is an old and preeminent boarding school in the Massachusetts. It is nestled into Historic Deerfield, a wonderful collection of 18th & 19th century buildings.

The entire weekend was filled with activities for the graduates and their families. We arrived on Saturday, just in time for the dinner-dance under the largest tent I've ever seen. We had a fabulous meal and danced to a live swing band. The young women were dressed in their finest; we saw gorgeous dresses in every color of the rainbow.

Graduation started at 10 am Sunday morning. It was gray and dreary, but very festive. The girls were dressed in white and carried yellow flowers; the boys in green jackets and khakis. Two of the graduates spoke very movingly of their experiences at the school. After they received their diplomas, lunch was served. I was really impressed with the school and with the students. It is an amazing place.

But the festivities didn't stop there! Nat's parents threw her a party back at home, and a brunch the next morning! It was great fun to be with our old friends and to celebrate such a special day. Next year -- it's Clara's turn! Graduation from college! How did I get so old?

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