Friends Rory, Jamie and Gavin came over for a visit. ‘nuf said.
They walked in tandem, each of the ninety-two students filing into the already crowded auditorium. With their rich maroon gowns flowing… and the traditional caps, they looked almost .. as grown up as they felt. Dads swallowed hard behind broad smiles, and Moms freely brushed away tears.
This class would NOT pray during the commencements—-not by choice, but bec ause of a recent court ruling prohibiting it. The principal and several students were careful to stay within the guidelines allowed by the ruling. They gave inspirational and challenging speeches, but no one mentioned divine guidance and no one asked for blessings on the graduates or their families.
The speeches were nice, but they were routine…..until the final speech received a standing ovation.
A solitary student walked proudly to the microphone. He stood still and silent for just a moment, and then, it happened. All 92 students, every single one of them, suddenly SNEEZED!!!!
The student on stage.. simply looked at the audience and said, ‘GOD BLESS YOU, each and every one of you!’ And he walked off stage…
The audience exploded into applause. This graduating class had found a unique way to invoke God’s blessing on their future with or without the court’s approval.
Perhaps Tristan has watched Star Wars too many time. I honestly think it is only 3-4 times, far fewer viewings than Peter Pan or The Little Mermaid. But it appears to have made an impression.
Last night, during a bubble bath, Tristan was playing with his wash frog (for the uninitiated, this is a wash-thingie that looks like a frog). After a few minutes of dunking the frog beneath the bubbles, he had a concerned look on his face. He started calling out “Luke, Luke”. I thought he was referencing his friend Luke…and honestly, I was concerned the he was dunking his buddy in the bath. It wasn’t until he recited the classic line “I have a bad feeling about this” and “there’s something alive in here” that I realized he was actually re-enacting the garbage compactor scene from Star Wars.