My Oldest Niece graduated from high school this weekend. The ceremony was at 10 a.m. on Saturday and the party was this afternoon at 2 p.m. According to Dollface (my name for Oldest Niece), the graduation party circuit will last for a couple of weeks.
Dollface (and all my nieces and nephews) attended the same high school that I did. The majority of the kids I went to high school with are still in the same area so there were some familiar names in the graduation class. Kids I went to high school with had kids in the graduating class. Man was that surreal.
I know that an aunt isn’t supposed to show favoritism . . . . but I do. Dollface is my favorite niece. Maybe it’s because she’s the oldest niece. Maybe it’s because she’s a middle child (like me!) and suffers greatly from Middle Child Syndrome. Maybe because she’s just an adorable girl with a personality to match.
Needless to say, it was a little traumatic watching her graduate and realize she’s an adult now. I cried practically from the minute I stepped into the auditorium yesterday morning. I got teary eyed when I saw her name in the program. I got teary eyed when I saw the song the senior choir was going to sing. You can imagine the waterworks when the graduates took their places . . . and again when they got their diplomas. The really funny part is that Dollface had asked her mom (Big Sister) not to cry during the ceremony. Big Sister did a good job of not crying, but there I was sitting right behind her with full waterworks. Yes, Dollface saw me. Instead of crying herself, she got a good chuckle out of it. God love her, she understood that her aunt is a psycho hormonal mess and I have no control over the waterworks these days.
But the graduation was nothing compared to the party. One of Big Sister’s friends made a special video taking all sorts of pictures of Dollface and making a slideshow which appropriately sappy music. I had to watch it in sections because it was too hard to watch all at once.
I’m happy that Dollface had such a happy weekend . . . and I’m really happy that it’s three years before the next graduation.