We're on the other side of graduation except for a few more parties to attend to honor the new grads. R's graduated now, and her new life began with a post graduation bonfire with friends. My Mom and Dad attended the evening graduation ceremony. Mom graduated from the same school in 1935. As my oldest son and I escorted her through the throngs of people afterwards, J leading the way, and I guiding from behind with my hands on her shoulders, we couldn't help but feel like secret service escorts. My camera quit working just as R entered the gym to Pomp and Circumstance, but I have clear memories of the occasion. Our principal did a great job presenting the numerous awards in a clear, unhurried voice.R's party the next day went well, but I forgot to put a lot of the preprepared food out like melon, and additional meatballs; it's too late to invite everyone back for more! Punk's barbecued chicken tasted great- as soon as I post a few photos, think I'll thaw some leftovers to enjoy! Summer flowers continue to put on a great show! The black-eyed susans exploded into bloom all at once! They are a sure sign of high summer!