Riley's 5th Grade Promotion was very, very nice. Riley looked so sweet, and the slideshow at the end was beautiful. I don't think I was geared up to get emotional, but even if I'd wanted to, the mood would have been shattered anyway. By other people.
There was a note in the invite to please leave strollers and balloon bouquets in the back of the auditorium. I appreciated that. I would've appreciated it even more had people paid attention. Instead a woman behind me tried to hold her balloons down, but they were too close to my hair for my comfort. And the sound...doesn't help that I have a thing against balloons anyway, I'm sure. Balloon bouquets were scattered throughout the auditorium.
I suppose I should just be grateful they weren't obstructing my view. Not to say my view wasn't obstructed sometimes. By parents standing to take photos or wave, choosing to be completely oblivious to other people who were trying to also take pics of their students from their seats, or simply trying to enjoy the moment not through a lens, but in real life!
Some families tried to prove how much their kid was loved by screaming the loudest. I'm all for making a little noise, letting your child hear you cheer them on...but there's no need to act like you're seeing Elvis rise up from the dead! And if you get this outrageous for elementary school promotion, just how high will the expectations be for middle school, high school, college? Some students may opt out of post-graduate degrees just to avoid the embarrassment!
In spite of the other people, it was a very nice ceremony, and I'm so proud of Riley.
Maybe I'd be more excited if I didn't know we're about to enter middle school again? Yikes.