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8th Grade Graduation

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Tomorrow is the last day of the 8th grade for the twins. This is an exciting time. I’m really looking forward to their farewell dance and graduation ceremony.

Oh wait, they’re not having one.

I’m angry.

Apparently last year some OTHER PARENTS caused a problem, so this year they aren’t having a graduation ceremony. there are a lot of Samoans in Anchorage (maybe I’m supposed to call them Pacific Islanders? I don’t know). One of their traditions is to make leis for special events. They make them out of colored cellophane and candy. They’re kind of pretty, I guess. I don’t think it is a big deal.

Of course, I’m a white chick from Florida, I don’t have any culture.

The story the twins tell me (Which they heard from a friend whose mother went to the school to get the no-graduation low down. We live in the telephone game.) that some of the parents got upset about the leis because they thought it was not fair for the Samoans to wear them when the other kids did not have them.

Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.

It is unbelievable to me that adults still talk in terms of fair. Life is not fair. These kids are going into high school, they should understand that. The days of everyone getting a trophy ‘just for trying’ are over.

It doesn’t get any easier. My sister only got stretch marks on her hips and I got them all the way up to my ribcage. Life’s not fair.

On the other hand I get to sleep with this every night.

I know all my friends are jealous. But hey, life’s not fair.

So, no graduation. John had some thing with his ‘academic team’ at school tonight, but he doesn’t want to go. He’s almost 15, I’m not going to force him. Taryn’s ‘team’ thing is at 7:30 IN THE MORNING tomorrow. That should be a riot.

I keep seeing the pictures of my niece and my friends kids’ on Facebook in their graduation outfits or going to their farewell dances. I’m jealous. I feel robbed of an important event in their lives.

All because some stupid parents decided to behave like 4-year-olds. Scratch that, my 4-year-olds behave better. They would have just wanted some of the candy.

One day left and I will have two children in high school. I’m not even sure I should call them children anymore. I would have liked one more special night with them.

Thanks for nothing other parents.

It all goes by too fast. I don’t know how they went from this…

To this.

It’s not fair.


About Twinisms

I am the mother of two sets of twins that are ten years apart. Each of them has moments where they say and do hilarious, frustrating, and crazy things.I counter that by also doing borderline crazy things. It's a good time.

21 responses »

  1. Meredith Sanantonio

    ha ha! I think we should all put up ridiculous pictures of our husbands to make each other jealous. That would be a fun website!

  2. I’m almost just cried looking at your babies…how can they be on their way to high school????

    • I know! they’re not ready…I’m not ready!

      • amanda (your cuz boob, lol)

        LMAO, just wait til they graduate from high school!!! we could have a party for them and owen and lindsey and shit how many more were there in the family. you baby factories, lol. they look so dang good. tell them congrats from their wacky cuz and that they need to get down here to florida because damn you all are lookin white!!!!

  3. If the school was smart they would come up with a way to sell them at graduation as a fundraiser, that way all the whiny parents can get them for their kids too.

    PS, I love your blog! I am married to a twin, and all the stories about your twins remind me of all the stories I have heard about my husband and his brother when they were ‘twinkies’. I look forward to reading your blog every morning!

    • Good idea!! I wish i had thought of it a couple months ago.

      Thanks, I’m glad you like it. Being married to a twin must be fun! My dad and his twin have a pretty special bond:)

  4. OK, this is freakin’ ridiculous! It’s because of the leis?! Kids at our local HS graduation order flower leis if they want them, it’s not an issue of fairness! Oh man, I would be mad too.

    There’s just something about seeing them up there, looking so proud of themselves, and feeling that little sense of parental pride and accomplishment that you feel at a graduation.

    Oh, of course unless you are candy-deprived.

  5. I quote this to my daughter all the time (from the movie Princess Bride) “Life isn’t fair, Princess; anyone who tells you otherwise is trying to sell you something.”
    Geez. Those parents sound like twits. Way to ruin it. Of course, I have to say the school is sort of to blame as well… I mean, this was last year’s parents, right, so why make this year’s kids pay? That’s dumb, too.

    • I agree about the school, but I imagine the principal just got tired of dealing with it. I do blame her a little though. I love that quote! I’m totally stealing it!!

  6. Richelle Calin

    Okay, I realize I am old and I don’t have kids. But when the heck did we start having all these graduations anyway? When I was growing up you graduated from high school and college. That was it. Now you can graduate from Kindergarten, Elementary School, Junior High/Middle School all before what I always saw as the “real” ones. Sorry to be a party pooper, but i don’t get it.

  7. I just fainted a bit when I saw that they would be entering high school….Do you remember us in high school? Oh my…

  8. onthespotphotography

    So unfortunate! Down South here in Houston Tx… I heard of a school not having a prom because the students didn’t do enough fundraising to make it affordable for everyone… the tickets were something like 150.00 bucks! Ridiculous!! So the parents got together… got a hotel ballroom rented, DJ, food and photographer and charged the students 50 bucks. I say take it in your own hands… who said you can’t have a ceremony and a dance??? Don’t let them stop you. I remember my daughter’s 8th grade ceremony and dance… It was like they hit a little small milestone in becoming a TEEN… and yes… that is such a stupid reason to cancel the whole thing… lol.. 4 yr olds act better! This is true…. Well, if you don’t fight back.. you’ll never know what you can change! By the Way….. ….AWWWW!!! Cute PICTURE!.. 🙂

  9. If makes you feel better my town has never had an 8th grade graduation. C:

  10. Going to high school is the baby steps. The going off to college, getting a real full time job….and someday moving out (I hope to experience that sometime soon). Buying them both a car…now that will be an adventure.

  11. That makes me angry. I work for a school district, and trust me if parents had complained like that in our district we would just tell them too bad. Make your own freaking candy leis if you really think it’s that important. Seriously. Candy, cellophane wrapper, and ribbon or string. That’s ALL it takes. Parents like that make me angry. I spend all day teaching kids that they have to work for these things. It’s no wonder they don’t understand these concepts when their PARENTS don’t understand it either.
    BTW. I LOVE your blog. It makes me laugh and cry because it totally reminds me of everyday at work…

  12. They look lovely kids – I have twins too !
    Why not all get dressed up and go out for a special meal as a family ?
    We dont have a dance here after primary school either.
    They only just started them at the end of secondary school (age 17/18) a few years ago here !

  13. Thank you for that post. I needed a smile today. Life isn’t fair but thank you for helping me see the lighter side.

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  15. That’s like people getting mad because other parents didn’t bring flowers for their children graduating… childish. I would be all for the renting a ballroom and dj thing!! 😉


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