I don’t talk about them much, but I have two step sons, curteousy of Bob. The oldest is Alex, who is 20, and the other is Nick, who is 18 and just graduated from high school last night. He is officially a member of the Worcester North High School, Class of 2009.
They don’t hold the ceremonies at the high school, but at the DCU Center in downtown Worcester. It was a mob scene during and after the ceremony. We sat in the back half of the auditorium, and this provided for being vastly entertained and annoyed all at the same time.
Worcester is the second largest city in New England, according to the mayor who spoke during the ceremony. It is a very diverse and multi cultural community. I asked Nick afterward exactly how many languages were spoken by the students in his high school. “A lot” was his response.
What was annoying about the experience, for this child of somewhat reserved Yankees, who learned by going to church every Sunday that you sit quietly and pay attention (mostly) at organized events; NOT walk around all the time, talk, yell, laugh and generally carry on during events. There was this one guy who kept getting up from his seat way up front who would walk to the back of the auditorium, yelling on his cell phone the entire time he walked through the audience. Then there was the guy who wanted to stand the whole time, fine, but not in the middle of the aisle half way up in the audience so that many people behind you can’t see what is going on. At one point the mayor was speaking and EVERYONE except Bob and I in the back half of the audience was talking.
But my favorite part of the evening was watching the outfits. Everything from shorts and t-shirts to suits and ties and fancy dresses and high heels. The woman below though, she won the prize for Fashion Statement of Night. A lot of thought went into this outfit. Black textured tights, teal short shorts, coordinating teal and white top, big white patent leather bag, and odd beige and white flats.
In other news, here are pictures of my newly painted living room colors. I tried to capture them so you could get a sense of the color, not the room as a whole. And the peonies from my yard that Cooper helped me pick this morning.