Grandson graduates in style

We spent five days last week in Atlanta to attend the high school graduation of our youngest grandson, Louis, at the Georgia World Congress Center. He graduated from Grady High School, as did brother Alex two years prior.

I think there were more than 300 in his class. They all walked across the stage to get their diplomas from the principal of the school. They all paused for a photo with her before they got their actual diploma. Some of the kids, maybe half of them, tried to wrestle out of her hands the diploma that she was holding up as a prop for the photo.

Many times she had to yank it out of the others’ hands, but not Louie’s.

This was our last chance to get our position right. We sat near the front of the hall, but too far off center, so we were stuck with taking photos of the jumbo screen instead of live action.

It seemed like forever until Lou got his diploma. I was poised for the moment, but the order was not alphabetical. so I had to watch the stairs leading down to the stage for when his moment came. I think they switched up the order to make sure the crowd of probably thousands would stay until everyone had received a diploma rather than leave after their student(s) of interest had received one.

The big moment finally came. I must have hit a button I didn’t want to hit as the whole thing was in slow motion. I must say that his form was spot on.

The grad is planning to attend Culinary Arts school Ashe­ville, N.C., majoring in baking. He and his best bud, Felix Raab, who also graduated from Grady, are sharing a house that Felix’s parents are buying as the rent options were very limited in Asheville.

University of Georgia student and brother Alex just returned home the night before graduation. He was on an 18-day school-sponsored trip to Italy, France, England, Scotland and Ireland to study gardens in every country for his horticulture major.

He took dozens of photos and we were able to see them with narration—quite impressive, which he showed us with his phone on the Chromecast hooked to the Cameli’s TV.

Alex told of his train trip from Paris to London in the Chunnel going nearly 200 mph. I asked if it felt that fast; he said only when he looked out the window. Of course it was dark when the train traveled under the English Channel.

We also attended a terrific graduation party after the event upstairs on the patio at Cameli’s Gourmet Pizza in Little 5 Points. It was hosted by Amy and George and by Bella Romeyn’s parents. Bella and Louis have been best friends since they were little. A rain shower and wind broke up the party early.

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