Graduation Season

I had the great chance to go back to my parent’s place this weekend (I don’t really call it home anymore, even though it still is I guess) for some graduation festivities and catching up with friends. After several great days of laughing and enjoying some great company here are my big takeaways from a wonderful graduation weekend.

  • My little sister Grace is hands down the most impressive person I know.
  • Murdock Middle High School class of 2010, with a large graduating class of 96 (mine was 83), is a great group of kids.
  • They were little 8th graders when I graduated, weird.
  • The Murdock Alumni Banquet is the coolest/best high school tradition I know of. They hand out thousands of dollars in scholarships, in one night, from a town of about 10,000 people. People from almost every class year (we’re looking at you 90s and ‘00s) are there and you really feel the camaraderie of the alumni.
  • My sister can really throw a javelin; she took 6th at States throwing 121’11” and setting a new personal best and school record.
  • I have great friends. My best friend is like a brother and the friends I only see a few times a year it feels like no time passes. Can you ask for anything better?
  • My younger brother could probably eat me. He also could probably eat anyone reading this. Consider yourself warned.
  • I think that I “get it” when it comes to the whole alumni, tradition sense at Murdock. I don’t think a lot of people that graduated within 10 years of me “get it” which is a shame. There is a lot to be learned and appreciated from the Alumni Dinner and I wish more of my peers would go. You don’t have to fund a scholarship, but coming to the dinner, paying your dues (a whopping $1) and showing respect to the school is a great thing. Plus you can probably guess what dinner will be in 2011 (stuffed chicken breast with gravy, carrots, mashed potatoes, salad for an appetizer and chocolate mousse for desert).
  • My father is one hell of a golfer. I seriously wonder how his golf balls stay together he hits them so hard sometimes. I have a lot of work to do to catch up, probably about 30 years worth of golfing or so.
  • Winchendon, while it certainly doesn’t feel like home to me, certainly does hold a place in my heart.
  • Smith College has beautiful campus. They’re lucky to get Grace. They’re even luckier she’s playing both field hockey and track.
  • My grandparents are awesome. My great grandmother is awesome. I’m lucky to have them.
  • Laughing hard about family hilarities (annual Christmas photos and other type things) is a great thing to do.

It was a great weekend home and I’m glad I got to see so many people. I missed a lot of people as well, due to it being graduation season but hopefully I’ll see you next time I’m in town.

Stay classy.

2 Responses to “Graduation Season”
  1. Aunt Becky says:

    Charlie — you are something special! xo

  2. jenika says:

    lovely sentiments 🙂

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