This past weekend, we attended my cousin's high school graduation.
It was a mighty big class of grads...446.
Considering that hubs and I graduated together in a class of 37, that's huge to us!!
So, we're at the graduation. It's very crowded. Each grad was only allowed so many tickets for their guests.
Before the ceremony began, we were told that the graduates had a request of us. 'They' wanted us to refrain from applause and cheers during the ceremony so that all graduates' names could be heard and so that no one would receive more attention than another grad.
This announcement was made again just before they began reading the names for diploma recipients.
For about four names, people were quiet.
And then...it turned into Cheer-Fest '09.
These grown people proceeded to whoop and hollar like a bunch of goons.
I am all for cheering for people...unless you have been asked not to. There is a time and place to have class...to respect the honor of the situation, so to speak.
My biggest issue with this??
The graduates, and any children in the crowd, all heard this 'rule', this major request...and then they heard their parents, families and friends completely disregard authority and do as they pleased.
Way to set an example, eh?
So...I will do my best to be an example to my children by obeying authority. I do not want them to learn that it is ok to buck the system whenever I please. If my kids hear someone ask me not to do something, I will try to be conscious of my behavior.
The first place I need to start?
My kids aren't the only ones watching...