The Graduation ceremony was held in the Sanford Center in Bemidji Minnesota at 10 AM. 310 students graduated, the ceremony took about 2 hours.
There were two too many speakers who just liked to hear the sound of their own voices. The student speakers were the best! The old farts should have just stayed silent.
Savannah’s parents held an open house in her honor in the afternoon, we had several hours to make the final preparations. The day before the party I made potato salad for 100 people. Uncle Andy smoked pork for sandwiches. We mixed up cole slaw, baked beans and made the frosting for the cupcakes before all the guests arrived.
It was a warm sun shiny day. Shade was welcome…we went from cool spring weather to sunny and hot. People came and went all afternoon.
During one of more quiet times I asked Savannah to open her gifts.
This is the gift from Savannah’s Great Grandparents ( my parents) they were unable to attend but my Mother made Savannah a quilt in her favorite color …green.
I made her a scrapbook page with her newspaper clipping and her graduation photo, then I scanned it and found a frame that is a shadowbox…so she can put some keepsakes in the frame.
Savannah’s Aunt Jen made her a book…all through the years. It made her cry…which in turn made just a few of us cry.
Then another gift from Aunt Jen, Uncle Andy and the boys made her smile.
“Bananas in pajamas are coming down the stairs, Bananas in pajamas are coming down in pairs” It was a cartoon or a show on TV when she was just a little girl…we changed the lyrics to Savannah in Pajamas!
It was a lovely afternoon. We were so happy we could be there.