We are officially out of Mighty Clever Guy Middle School, now that Lauren graduated last week. It's a strange feeling. Lauren and Tabitha did not overlap there at all, so I have been dropping off and picking up my children from MCGMS for six years now. You kind of get used to the place.
Plus, it's been a lovely time. The staff and teachers at MCGMS have been wonderful to us, and my children have grown and learned a great deal.
Lauren really wrung every last drop from the place, too. Her list of achievements is long and if I am not careful I will go on a Parent Brag Rant that would take up most of your remaining lifespan. I can do that with both of my girls, really. I am immensely proud of them. You would be too.
Kim had to be out of town on business last week, unfortunately, so it was just me and Grandma at the ceremony. Well, us and about five hundred other family members, friends, and assorted hangers on. It's nice that these things are always so well attended here in Our Little Town.
It started with the band playing. Lauren has been doing percussion for a couple of years now, and she was jumping around from instrument to instrument as they went through their songs. She rocked the snare! Among other things! They did a nice job with the music overall - the band teacher this year was really good and she got a lot out of those kids - and you could hear it clearly, which is no small feat in a middle school gym.
The actual graduation ceremony was short and sweet, as they should be. There were a couple of student speakers, who did a good job. There was a Distinguished Alumna speaker whose speech was on point and relevant (never guaranteed at these things). The staff read through all of the graduates, each of whom got to walk up and get their certificate and be applauded. And then we were done. One hour, start to finish, not including the time that Lauren spent to help clean up which is a sign of character, really, and therefore the wait is okay.
Next year they will both be at Local Businessman High - the first time since Not Bad President Elementary that they will share a school. LBHS is close enough that I don't have to pick anyone up from school at the end of the day, though the practical realities of jacking teenagers and their parents out of bed in the morning will mean drop-offs will continue because nobody gets moving fast enough to have time to walk there. So I have made my last pick up.
I've enjoyed those pick ups. They have been time just to ourselves, to share the day or just ride in companionable silence.
Congratulations, Lauren! New and lovely things await you.