gratitude-a-thon day 879: party like it’s 2016

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I might have had a blow-out graduation party for everybody I knew since this is it for us, but given the last few months for Ally, she requested something different (so please don’t think I didn’t want you here!) She wanted a graduation party with her best grammar school pals and neighbors, and their parents. There were a group of four adorable girls who were the core. That’s how it began. Then it grew to include some more Pierce school friends, and a few of my close neighborhood family friends, but before we knew it, there were 65 people, a bouncy house, cotton candy machine, snow cones, a fire pit and permission from our town to close our road. You can’t really capture the energy in pictures, but it was really awesomeness.

There was a pretty big threat of rain. And that felt like it was really going to suck. But “fuck you thunder,” as Ted, that potty mouthed teddy bear would say in his movie, it was sunny!

Ally made such a good call. Before flying off, these kids, who had been with each other everyday since kindergarten, got a chance to reconnect and remember their roots. Roots are everything, you find as you get older. Remembering where you’ve been, those who shaped you, and those who will continue to cheer for you, whether you see them or not. Hip hip, hooray, the class of 2016’s graduation season has begun!