Graduation went as usual, very solemn with lots of speeches and bowing. I can't help comparing it with my memories of my own graduation.
American graduating senior: Woo hoo! I got my diploma! I am OUTTA HERE! <throws mortarboard into the air>
Japanese graduating senior: I will never forget our class trip and our culture festival and our sports day... <bursts into tears>
I know it's terrible of me, but I had to stifle a giggle when the student farewell speech was being given and the whole gym immediately filled with sniffles. It was just so...predictable. I mean, come on! You're going to start new jobs and colleges and all kinds of exciting things! You should be thrilled that it's time to go on adventures and follow your dreams and build the future! But instead you're crying over memories of eating lunch together. That's just the way it is.
By the way, the speeches are designed to be tear-jerkers. In fact, they have melancholy classical music playing in the background. That's why I find it amusing. If it were truly a sad occasion, I wouldn't react that way, but they WANT to reduce everyone to tears.
Now that graduation is over, the underclassmen will begin their final exams. Today was the last day of classes.
In general news, spring has arrived. Flowers are starting to bloom and animals are waking up from hibernation...a month early. We never really had winter. Ski resorts were hit hard because there was very little snow. I'm not complaining, because I hate biking through snow, but I know it can't be good for the ecosystem for the temperature to be so out of whack.
In personal news, I finally managed to clear off my table. I took advantage of the opportunity to do a bit of baking and use up my apples before they went bad. The unfortunate consequence is that my sink is full again. <sigh>