Friday, April 06, 2012

.. and so they graduated

First here are a few things you must do at ALL school functions:

1. Do NOT sit back, relax and enjoy the proceedings. Remember you are a smart proactive parent.
2. Make a video of the ENTIRE proceedings. Don't bother about other parents struggling to get a snap, after all you're the only one who needs memories of your child's growing up years.
3. Make sure all family members attending the function are out of their seats, clicking. If your hifi handycam misses something it'll surely be caught by the camera phone of one of the other family members. If one makes a video the others can click pictures.. of course you need both. Nothing is too much for your child.
4. Do not move away after you finish clicking pictures of your child. Don't worry about blocking other parents' view, after all their children aren't half as special as yours.
5.  Don't forget to smile and wave at your child. So what if that makes him forget his part or spoils the formation, after all it's just a small school programme. Exhibiting love for your child is way more important.
6. Do not bother to clap for other children. Their parents are there for them.
7. Do not bother to listen to or follow instructions that the lady at the mike is reiterating. Use the time  to marvel at the pictures you've clicked and the video you've made.
8. Do not remain seated a second after the proceedings are over. You need to be the first parent to take your child home. It's through small initiatives like these that you teach him/her that winning has to be the cornerstone of one's existence.

Whew! Now since I've got all of that out of my system, onto happier things. Finally, after four years of school, the kids qualified for class 1. Though calling it a 'graduation' sounds a bit strange to my Indian ears I have to admit the ceremony was the sweetest ever.

Naisha gets her 'degree'

Don't they look sweet?

That's Hrit raising the flag of Egypt in a song they performed

... and he gets his license for class 1
Picture quality's not too good because I didn't get down to doing this post until after the ceremony. Will post super-class video next time. Watch out.


  1. wow.. you cracked me up on this.. wish more parents read this . Some really need to be educated on the etiquettes and the certain degree of decorum t o be maintained.

  2. love it the way u put u r message across .

  3. @Kajal: They really do take away the poignancy of the moment.
    @Nisha: Thanks.. you've been there, right?

  4. hahaha can see you frothing at the mouth during the rant!!!
    dont blame you a bit!!

    hhearty congratulations to the fresh graduates!!

  5. thaaliyan..zor sey... clap clap clap clap

  6. @Nupur: Thanks :-)
    @magiceye: You got it.. I was fuming.
    @sugeeth: Thank you thank you *Takes a bow* on behalf of the kids.

  7. I think you observed everything that goes around on such an occasion ! My wife teaches in one such school where I too witnessed similar proceedings:)

  8. @Rahul:... 'observed' is too mild a word for what I was feeling then :-). Thanks for dropping by.

  9. Hey Tulika,

    Hats off to you again-I think all parents should read this as you have collated almost all of the ridiculous behavior exhibited. Though the downside to this would be encouragement to those whose tube lights have yet to be switched on!!

    I missed Sameeksha's graduation as we had already moved. Infact, she has already started school here and is enjoying being a Big GIrl. Hope that this enthusiasm lasts


  10. Yay! to the twosome :) and to you too! Nice pics.

  11. @Sahana: Aww what a pity you missed Sam's graduation. Post some new pics.
    @Priya: Thank you.

  12. Attended my daughter's graduation day last week. And I m proud to say that I've followed all the points :)

  13. Lolz. Gosh I was so angry when i wrote that. Hope the pointers helped :-D.


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